FA kicks off 150th birthday celebrations

Anniversary celebrations begin on the site of where the FA was founded in 1863

The Football Association's 150th birthday celebrations get officially underway in London today.

A year of celebrations to mark 150 years since the FA was formed kick off at the Grand Connaught Rooms in Holborn today, on the site of the Freemasons' Tavern, where the FA was founded in 1863.

Today's launch - which will be screened live on Sky Sports News from midday - will feature some of the biggest names from English football past and present, coming together to pay tribute to the beautiful game.

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, from grassroots to the professional level.

FA Chairman David Bernstein said: "The coming year will be a terrific opportunity for us to showcase our work to the whole country and the wider world.

“It is a wonderful achievement for any organisation and I certainly hope it will capture the imagination in the way it has mine.

“From humble beginnings to today’s global spectacle, we can be proud of this country’s contribution to football."

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