On Saturday night, in central London, a Gala Dinner will be held at the Grand Connaught Rooms, the location of the Freemasons’ Tavern that staged the very first FA meeting on 26 October 1863, with HRH The Duke of Cambridge, The FA President, the chief guest.
To read the official message from HRH The Duke of Cambridge, the President of The FA, click here.
Taking centre-stage at the dinner will be the original 1863 FA Minute Book, which is currently on display at the British Library until 19 December. Valued at £2.5m, the book contains the hand-written 13 original laws of football penned 150 years ago by Ebenezer Cobb Morley, The FA’s first secretary.
Guests will also include FA Chairman Greg Dyke, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, UEFA President Michel Platini and a trio of FIFA World Cup winners in George Cohen, Martin Peters and Sir Geoff Hurst. The FA Board and FA Council will also be in attendance, along with guests from around the world highlighting that football is the only true global game.