Hotel Shaftesbury, Belfast, 10th June 1893.
The minutes of
the meeting of the International Board held on above date at the
invitation of the Irish Football Association.
R.P. Gregson and C.J. Hughes
Scotland A. Sliman and R.F.
Wales W. Pattison and J. Taylor
W.S. Dawson and J. Reid
Mr Dawson presided, Mr Reid acting as
Secretary to the meeting.
The proposals submitted by the Football Association were taken
Law 1. The circumference of the ball to be described as not
less than 27 inches nor more than 28 inches, passed on the motion of
Mr Gregson, seconded by Mr Taylor.
Law 12. Proposed by Mr Gregson
and seconded by Mr Sliman "that this rule be altered to make it clear
that the decision of the referee is final as to points of play",
12. It was agreed to insert after the word "points" the
following: "and his decision on points of fact connected with play
going on shall be final".
Law 13. Proposed by Mr Gregson, seconded
by Mr Harrison.
That this rule read "If any play[er] shall
intentionally trip or hold or push
an opposing player &c &c. —passed—
Definition of Terms. The Board to be asked to determine if all
throwing by means of the legs or by stooping must be deemed
intentional and be finalized accordingly.
by Mr Gregson, seconded by Mr Pattison.
"That in the opinion of the
Board, all stooping in front of or behind an opponent be considered a
trip and a breach of Law 13., and penalized accordingly passed".
Proposed by Mr Gregson, seconded by Mr Taylor.
following be added to that portion of the Definition of Terms dealing
with tripping:- "Unless in the opinion of the referee a trip is
intentional, no punishment shall be imposed; thus within the twelve
yards line, a referee must enforce Law 13., and has no power to
mitigate the penalty". —passed—
The Secretary reported that notices of motion had been
received from Welsh and Irish Football Associations after the
Mr Reid proposed and Mr Gregson seconded, that the
supplementary notices proposed by the Welsh and Irish Associations be
Law 12. Proposed by Mr Reid, seconded by Mr
"That the following be inserted in this rule:- "That goal
judges be appointed (subject to the decision of the referee) to decide
when the ball has passed between the posts".
The meeting discussed
the proposal and eventually decided that owing to the increase of
officials rendered necessary by this rule it [was] found unworkable.
The proposition was then withdrawn.
New Rule. Proposed by Mr Gregson, seconded by Mr Hughes.
"That a new rule be introduced to provide for calling a special
meeting of the Board if occasion should arise". —passed—
Mr Gregson pointed out that the introduction of this rule would
render it necessary to revise the rules of the Board and as this
meeting had no power to do so, Mr Gregson proposed that this meeting
[at present] do adjourn until a date to be agreed upon to meet and
frame rules for a reconstitution of the International Board.
motion was seconded by Mr Taylor and passed.
Proposed by Mr Taylor and seconded by Mr Gregson
"That the members of the Board be asked to give an undertaking
that their respective Associations will recognise suspension by other
National Associations of clubs and players guilty of misconduct". —passed—
The following resolution was then passed. Proposed by Mr
Taylor, seconded by Mr Harrison:-
"That the representatives present
at the meeting do hereby give an undertaking that their respective
Associations will recognise suspensions by other National
Proposed by Mr Taylor, seconded by Mr
That the meeting
adjourn until 10th July at Belfast at 3 o'clock. —passed—
This concluded the business of the meeting.