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Ebenezer Cobb Morley

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Nationality  British
Role  Football player
Occupation  Solicitor
Spouse(s)  Frances Bidgood
Resting place  Barnes, England
Name  Ebenezer Morley

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Born  16 August 1831 (1831-08-16) Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Parent(s)  Ebenezer Morley and Hannah Maria
Died  November 20, 1924, Richmond, United Kingdom

Organizations founded  The Football Association

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Ebenezer Cobb Morley (16 August 1831 – 20 November 1924) was an English sportsman and is regarded as the father of the Football Association and modern football.

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Morley was born at 10 Garden Square, Princess Street in Hull and lived in the city until he was 22. He moved to Barnes in 1858 forming the Barnes Club, a founding member of the FA, in 1862. In 1863, as captain of the Mortlake-based club, he wrote to Bell's Life newspaper proposing a governing body for the sport, that led to the first meeting at the Freemasons' Tavern, that created the FA.

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He was the FA's first secretary (1863–1866) and its second president (1867–1874) and drafted the first Laws of the Game at his home in Barnes. As a player, he played in the first ever match, against Richmond in 1863, and scored in the first representative match, between the clubs of London and Sheffield on 31 March 1866.

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A solicitor by profession, Morley was a keen oarsman, founding the Barnes and Mortlake Regatta for which he was also secretary (1862–1880). He served on Surrey County Council for Barnes (1903–1919) and was a Justice of the Peace. Morley is buried in Barnes Cemetery, a now abandoned graveyard on Barnes Common, Barnes. He had no children.

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