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Feb 2, 2018, 11:51 AM
Re: [London Harrier] Stourbridge Standard / Stourbridge FC – Query about formation date and Early years
1. Were the Stourbridge Standard of 1876 a Rugby club or an Association Football club? Or both? (They had a cricket arm too)
The first truly national Laws of the Game were adopted in 1877 and came into force at the beginning of the 1877/78 season. Around the same time County FAs were being formed to administer the game at local level.
Before this clubs played under some strange arrangements simply in pursuit of finding opponents and getting a game. Some matches were played under Association rules in the first half and Rugby in the second half. Other matches were called medley games where the clubs need to agree the rules before the match because of different local rules adopted by the clubs. For example, if you played at Wednesbury under their rules touches behind the goal were allowed for which the attackers got a free kick from a corner. The match on 8 December 1877 sounds like one of these matches.
It might be worth looking at when Stourbridge joined the Birmingham FA (founded in 1875). In its early years the Worcestershire FA (founded in 1893) operated under the auspices of the Birmingham FA. When Stourbridge joined their County FA may indicate when they fully adopted Association rules and can be said to be an Association club although the clearly existed as a club before that.
(This post was edited by bluedragon on Feb 2, 2018, 12:37 PM)