Today (December 14th) ahead of the Premier League fixture against Stoke City, at the KC Stadium, Hull City AFC are set to hold an Ebenezer Morley Day, in recognition of Hull’s proud association with the Founding Father of football.
Ebenezer Morley was born 1831 in Princess Street, Hull – the same street that the Smailes Goldie Chartered Accountants offices are currently located on – and in 1863, after writing a letter to Bell’s Life newspaper proposing a governing body for football, led to an October meeting at the Freeman’s Tavern in London, where The FA was founded.
As a Founding Father of football, Ebenezer Morley was elected secretary of The FA on November 24th 1863, and drafted the first set of 23 rules, which make for interesting reading when you consider today’s game.
The Ebenezer Morley Day, which coincides with Hull City AFC’s 150th birthday, will see the match-day programme and screens within the ground being used to tell the story of Ebenezer Morley; whilst the players will also be wearing special shirts with Morley’s name during their warm-up.
It’s also been unveiled that Hull City AFC are set to provide a permanent remind of Ebenezer Morley’s legacy at the KC Stadium; whilst at Smailes Goldie, as Chartered Accountants in Hull, we are also proud to share his legacy.