Worlds oldest rulebook sells at auction

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Updated: July 14, 2011

The world’s oldest football rulebook has been sold at auction for £881,250.

The book, belonging to the first ever club Sheffield FC dates back to 1857 and is believed to be the earliest set of instructions on the game.

It was bought by an anonymous bidder at auctioneer Sotheby’s and was sold as part of an archive of the club.

The Blades took the decision to auction off the rulebook in an attempt to raise money for the club.

Giving an inside into how little the game has changed in over 154 years the rulebook explains laws of the game that still exist, such as the indirect free kick, the corner kick and the use of a crossbar.

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