Reporting on these games becomes more detailed than simply announcing the result. ItThe game was played with only three three-quarter backs and none forwards. Much has changed. The Wolverton umpire was Mr. F. Swain, a keen sportsman in his day, and the man who founded Swain’s sports shop at 48 Church Street.
Association Football broke away from the Rugby code in 1863 and handling the ball was still permitted in those early days. “Hacking”, that is kicking the shins of opponents was banned, although some clubs still wished to keep this brutal feature. The association was a small group but what helped the FA to take off was the invention of the challenge cup, now known as the FA Cup. The first tournament was held in 1871 and only contested by a few teams, but interest grew, and with it, the association. Before the century was out professional teams began to emerge, while football played under Rugby rules, held its amateur status.
Association football appears late in the Wolverton area. There are scarcely any reports until the late 1880s