Ebenezer Cobb Morley
|Ebenezer Cobb Morley|
16 August 1831|
Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
20 November 1924 (aged 93)|
Richmond, London , England
|Resting place||Barnes, Richmond, London, England|
|Parent(s)||Ebenezer Morley and Hannah Maria|
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. This led to the first meeting at the Freemasons' Tavern, that created the FA.
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. This house, No 26 The Terrace, which had carried a blue plaque to Morley, collapsed "like a tower of cards" in November 2015 during building work.
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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