1838 – A pupil at Rugby School called Jem Mackie is noted for his “running in” ability and this is understood to be the equivalent of try scoring, which is evidence of a distinct handling game.
1839 – A former Rugby School pupil, Albert Pell, begins to organise football matches at Cambridge University. Because of the different school variations, a compromise set of rules has to be found and this is the origin of The Cambridge Rules published in 1863.
1839 – It is claimed that the foundation of Barnes Rugby Football Club is in 1839 but without actual evidence. If the claim is true, Barnes is the world’s oldest football club (all codes).
1831, 15 November – Alexander Morten, English and Scottish national team goalkeeper