annual meeting of the Board was
held in Belfast on Saturday, 1st June 1889. The delegates present
being messrs. Crump and Gregson (England), Campbell and Park
(Scotland), Trainer (Wales), Bradshaw and Reid (Ireland). Mr Bradshaw
The minutes of the last meeting were read and passed. Mr
Campbell moving and Mr Crump seconding.
Re: Law 5. Mr Gregson moved and Mr Park
seconded, that the following part of the present law be adopted "When
the ball is in touch a player of the opposite side to that which
kicked it shall throw if from the point on the boundary line where it
left the ground". Mr Gregson moved
that the latter part be altered as follows, Mr Campbell seconding
"That the thrower [leaving] the field of play shall throw the ball
over his head with both hands in any direction and it shall be in play
when thrown in".
Mr Campbell moved
and Mr Gregson seconded that the thrower shall not play until the ball
has been played by another player.
Mr Crump proposed
and Mr Gregson seconded "That at the commencement of the game, the
weight of the ball in International matches be from 13 to 15 ounces."
Mr Crump moved
that English Association rule 21 shall be added to Law 12 viz. "It
shall be the duty of the referee to decide in all cases in which the
umpires do not agree on or which one umpire does not give a decision.
He shall also keep a record of the game and act as timekeeper and in
the event of ungentlemanly behaviour on the part of any of the
contestants, the offender or offenders shall, in the presence of the
umpires, be cautioned and if the offence is repeated, or in the case
of violent conduct without any previous caution, the referee shall
have power to rule the offending player or players out of play and
to transmit the name or names of such player or players to the Council
of their (National) Associations and whom shall be solely vested the
right of accepting an apology. The referee shall have power to stop
the game whenever he by reason of darkness, interference of spectators
or other cause he shall think fit and he shall report the same to the
Associations, who shall have full power to deal with the matter. Any
undue interference by an umpire shall be reported by the referee to
the National Association to which the umpire belongs who shall deal
with the matter in such manner as they deem necessary. The
referee shall have power to award a free-kick without any appeal in
any case where he thinks the conduct of a player is dangerous or
likely to prove dangerous but not sufficiently so as to justify him
putting in force the greater powers vested in him as above".
addition was approved unanimously.
are to be printed, approved and signed by each member of the Board.
A vote of thanks
to the chairman finished the proceedings.