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Football rule book from 1859 sells for £57,000



The auctioneers logged the final price on its website as £56,700 ($77,200, 65,900 euros), saying the bidding had been driven by its historical significance and the insight it gave into the development of the modern game.

The only other surviving copy of the rule book was part of the Sheffield club’s historical archive, which was sold in its entirety for £881,000 in July 2011.

The club had a key impact on the development of the game, innovating set-pieces like the indirect free kick and the corner kick, as well as crossbars on goals.

The pamphlet shows changes to the rules written by hand, including the hardening of conventions against handling the ball.

“As well as being an important artefact in its own right, the pamphlet also gives us a unique insight into the development of the rules of the game through hand-written annotations.” 

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