The Football Association, English football’s governing body, was formed in 1863.‘Organised football’ or ‘football as we know it’ dates from that time.Morley wrote to Bell’s Life, a popular newspaper, suggesting that football should have a set of rules in the same way that the MCC had them for cricket.
Wasps’ director of rugby Dai Young had predicted trouble at the scrum for his side, with commendable candour, and so it proved with the first of three penalties against his pack in the early exchanges.
They enabled Exeter to established base camps at line-outs in the Wasps 22, and from one of these they grabbed the first try with 13 minutes gone.
The FA was formed there on 26 October 1863, a Monday evening.
The captains, secretaries and other representatives of a dozen London and suburban clubs playing their own versions of football met “for the purpose of forming an Association with the object of establishing a definite code of rules for the regulation of the game”.
Each element of a training-ground move worked perfectly as Exeter’s scrum-half Stuart Townsend made a decoy run on the short side while Kai Horstmann caught the throw and delivered it back to Luke Cowan Dickie as the hooker peeled to the left.
That was the cue for Nowell to spring the trap, cutting against the grain to hurtle past Wasps’ openside flanker Thomas Young near the tail of the line and burst past Josh Bassett for a try converted by Steenson.The second Premiership final to go to extra time was won for the first-time champions Exeter Chiefs by a nerveless penalty kick from Gareth Steenson, the long-serving fly-half who has been with the Devon club since their pre-promotion days in the second division.The teams fought each other almost to a standstill before a collapsed scrum with three minutes left to play gave Steenson his shot at glory and Exeter's starting skipper, with club captain Jack Yeandle having begun the match on the bench, made no mistake to settle a stunning, epic contest in baking conditions at Twickenham.If I was a neutral who had to select any season ticket in European rugby I know where I would be spending my money.What’s more those combinations tend to be sharper and slicker in a club environment. Dai Young, on the other hand, has recognised the talent for what it is and harnesses it appropriately.The clubs represented were: Barnes, War Office*, Crusaders, Forest (Leytonstone), No Names (Kilburn), Crystal Palace**, Blackheath, Kensington School, Perceval House (Blackheath), Surbiton, Blackheath Proprietory School and Charterhouse.