BLACKHEATH FOOTBALL CLUB RULES 1862
|In 1862 the Blackheath Football Club published a set of rules on how the game should be played. These were based on the Rugby Football Rules as played at Rugby School.|
1. That the ball be started from the centre of the ground by a place-kick.
12. If the ball goes behind the goal it must be kicked out by the party to whom
the goal belongs from in a line with the goals; but a catch off a kick from
behind goal is not a fair catch, but may be run off.
Blackheath Football Club Rules as they appear in A C Shanahan - 100 Years, Blackheath Football Club (ASHA-1958-100)
Wikisource show an additional rule - https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Rules_of_Blackheath_Football_Club_(1862)
****12. When a player running with the ball grounds it, it
cannot be touched by anyone until he lifts his hand from it.****
RESEARCH REQUIRED -
RULE 12 - It is not of paramount importance but it would be nice to know which are the correct set of rules from 1862. If you are able to help by sourcing an original copy of these rules please.............
MATCH REPORTS - It would be nice to get as many match reports from contemporary publications as possible involving Blackheath, particularly if there is information relating to the rules, for example if an argument had broken out between the teams over the rules.
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