People who brought football to the world
30 April ~ Further to the Founding Fathers article in the current issue of WSC on Ebenezer Cobb Morley and Arthur Pember, the FA has launched a search to find living descendants of the organisation's founders, and announced that it will honour them at a special ceremony. In addition to Morley and Pember, the FA will honour CW Alcock, John Alcock, Francis Maule Campbell, Herbert Steward, George Wawn and James Turner.
Living descendants that can be traced will be invited to attend the ceremony at Wembley Stadium in October. Jane Clayton, cultural historian from the International Football Institute at the University of Central Lancashire, is leading the search. She says: "We know so much about people who were pioneers in their chosen fields but surprisingly little is known about the individuals responsible for gifting us the most popular sport in the world. We have initiated the historical search, and whilst information is limited, we have a good base upon which to work. We are confident that by October, through genealogical research and the public's help, we can trace some of the living descendants of the founding fathers of football."