The Rules of Association Football, 1863: The first FA Rule Book by Melvyn Bragg and foreword by Sir Bobby Charlton.
In 1863 a group of Victorian Oxbridge graduates, frustrated by the confusing riot of competing rules that characterized the game of British footbal, began meeting at the Freemason's Tavern in Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, to codify the rules of the game. They quickly drew up the standard sets of rules, creating the First Rule Book of the Football Association, reprinted here in its entirety alongside illustrations and drawings of the game. Available from Amazon. via Selectism