Tuesday, February 5 – 1907
It was reported on Tuesday that Mr. John Charles Clegg, of Sheffield, had tendered his resignation as chairman of the Football Association Council. The disagreement in football association circles concerning amateur associations and professional clubs has caused him to take this step. His letter of resignation will be considered at the meeting of the Consultative Committee to be held on February 25.
Elected chairman of the Council for the season 1890-91, he has unanimously re-elected every year since. He was one of the strongest men in the governing body, and his resignation will prove a severe blow to the prestige of the Council. He took a firm line of action in the dispute that has been the cause of so much discussion during the last two years.
He contended that there should be uniformity in the government of the game between the Football Association and all its affiliated associations, and his resignation is understood to be the outcome of the Council deciding at their last meeting to rescind the resolution of March, 1905, requesting all affiliated associations to fall into line. (Manchester Courier, 06-02-1907)