FA unveils 150th birthday plans

Special calendar of events created to celebrate landmark year

The Football Association has unveiled plans to celebrate its landmark 150th birthday in 2013.

The FA was founded at the Freemasons’ Tavern in Holborn, London on 26 October 1863. As they begin their 150th year, the governing body has lined up a calendar of events to celebrate the game’s past and present.

Celebrations will include a National Football Day in August, along with fixtures against Brazil, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland and the Champions League Final at Wembley in May.

The first ever National Football Day will take place on 10 August 2013 for everyone involved in the beautiful game to celebrate. The day is expected to become an annual event.

FA General Secretary Alex Horne said that the day will be “a moment for the whole of football to come together and celebrate all the aspects of football that make it such a popular game.”

"The 7 million people playing the game, those refereeing the game, coaching the game, the volunteers who give their time to make the game so popular. That day will be a day to focus on the whole of football.”

The FA wants its anniversary year to bring its unique history to life, telling the story of the founding fathers who paved the way in the organisation’s formative years, whilst turning the spotlight on those who have build the national game across the decades.

FA Chairman David Bernstein said: “It is a great honour to be Chairman of The Football Association as we head into our 150th year.

“It is incredible to think how the game has developed from that very first meeting at the Freemasons’ Tavern in October 1863.

“Football truly is the national game and one in which we should all take tremendous pride.

“There can scarcely be a family in England that is not touched by football in some way and we at The FA take our responsibility to support the game very seriously.”

The full 150th anniversary calendar includes:

* Major England matches including Brazil, Scotland and Republic of Ireland
* UEFA Congress and the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley in May
* FA England Awards at St. George’s Park on Sunday 3 February
* 20 years of women’s football and the UEFA Women’s Euro Finals in July
* National Football Day on Saturday 10 August
* FA Gala Dinner at the Freemasons’ Tavern - now the Grand Connaught Rooms - on Saturday 26 October

Anniversary logo offers a link to the past

The FA has unveiled a new gold logo to celebrate its landmark year.

The logo (pictured above) retains the familiar three lions motif but for the first time is a gold design to mark the significance of the event. It also includes a 150-year emblem and the tagline ‘Supporting football since 1863’.

The logo background contains the handwritten rules from the original FA Minute Book, penned at the very first meeting at The Freemasons’ Tavern on 26 October 1863.

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