Footballs's Founding Father

After William Wilberforce and Joseph Rank, probably the next most influential but least known Hullensian is Ebenezer Cobb Morley. 

The man who invented the game of football as we know it today! 

Morley moved from his hometown in Hull and relocated in Barnes where he formed the founding member of the FA, the Barnes Club.  He played in the first ever game under FA rules, and scored against Richmond in 1863.  In 1866 he also scored in the first ever representative game between London and Sheffield.

In 1863 from his home in Barnes, Morley drafted 13 rules of football.  He wanted to standardise these rules across the whole of England so he wrote to the Bells's Life newspaper.  His argument was put forward and his rules are considered to be the original laws of the game.