Parker’s Piece, in Cambridge, will be forever connected with the game of football – as it was here that the ‘Cambridge Rules’ were first put into practice in 1848. The rules were hugely influential in the creation of the modern rules of Association Football, which were written in London just a few years later. A plaque at Parker’s Piece reads: ‘Here, in the 1800s, students established a common set of simple football rules emphasising skill above force, which forbade catching the ball and ‘hacking’. These ‘Cambridge Rules’ became the defining influence on the 1863 Football Association rules.’

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