Foot-Ball Club

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Foot-Ball Club
Full name Foot-Ball Club
Founded 1824; 191 years ago
Dissolved c. 1841; 176 years ago (1841)
Ground Dalry Park (1824–31)
Greenhill Park (1831–41)

The Foot-Ball Club was a football club, based in Edinburgh, Scotland, formed in 1824.[1] The club met in the summer months to play a form of football that did not resemble association football.[1] Nevertheless, the organisation can claim to be the earliest recorded club playing football of any kind.[2] A modern association football club with the same name was formed in 2007, in an attempt to revive the legacy of the old club.


The Foot-Ball Club of Edinburgh is thought to be one of the oldest recorded teams in the world with records going back to 1824.[3][4]

"Four small pocket books and three bundles held in the National Archives of Scotland (NAS) contain the membership lists and accounts of an Edinburgh football club between 1824 and 1841. The Foot-Ball Club may be the earliest known football club in the world."[1]

The club played its games in the city's Dalry Park until 1831, when they moved to Greenhill Park.[3] The club appears to have met and played every summer, but there is no record of it after 1841.[3] The rules of the version of football that were played by the club are not known,[1] however, they pre-date the rules of contemporary football.


In 2007, an association football club with the same name was formed by Kenny Cameron, a community coach at Spartans, after a tour of the Scottish Football Museum.[5] The club's men play in the Edinburgh Sunday Premier League and the Ladies play in the Scottish Women's Football League Second Division South East Division.


  1. ^ a b c d "News: "Such kicking of shins and such tumbling"". The National Archives of Scotland. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Lambie, Derek (11 November 2007). "Football Club of Edinburgh in the News: Scottish Sunday Express". Sunday Express. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Hughes, Mark (15 April 2008). "Edinburgh takes on Sheffield in 'oldest club' row". The Independent. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Boyle, Mark (15 April 2008). "Oldest football club". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
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