Sheehan (Irish Football Association), J. K. McDowall and R. Dixon
(Scottish Football Association), C. Crump and R. P. Gregson (The
Football Association), T. E. Thomas and John Davies (The Football
Association of Wales). Mr. J. MacBride (Hon. Sec. Irish Football
Association), acted as Secretary.
The Minutes of the Meeting held at Llangollen, Wales, were read and
Mr. McDowall proposed the following alteration :—
"12 yards from his own goal line" and substitute
"a radius of 12 yards from either goal post."
Law 14.—Delete "any point
12 yards from the goal line" and insert "the 12
yards line opposite to where the infringement took place."
Mr. Davies seconded the alteration.
Messrs. Gregson and Crump opposed on behalf of the Football
Association, and the Chairman and Mr. Sheehan opposed on behalf of the
Irish Football Association, and no alteration was therefore made.
Mr. Crump proposed, and Mr. Sheehan seconded the following alteration
Law 1.—After "goal-post" in line
13 introduce the following sentence :— "A
short dotted line shall be marked out 18 yards
from each goal-line to assist the Referee in enforcing the regulations
as regards the penalty kick under Law 14."
After discussion Mr. Crump was given permission to alter the proposal
to the following :—"A suitable mark shall be made opposite each
goal-post, 18 yards from the goal-line, to
assist the Referee in enforcing the regulations as regards the penalty
kick under Law 14."
This alteration was unanimously agreed to.
Law 1.—The word "also" was introduced
after the word "shall in line 14.
The following alterations were also proposed by Mr. Crump and adopted
Law 8 to read : "A player shall not intentionally handle the ball
under any pretence whatever, the goal-keeper excepted who may within
his own half of the field of play use his hands, but shall not carry
the ball. The goal-keeper may be changed during the game, but notice
of such change must first be given to the Referee."
Law 10—To be added, "or when he has passed
outside the 6 yards semi-circles."
read, "if any player shall intentionally trip, charge from
behind, push, kick, jump at, or hold &c."
Law 17—To be added, "A free kick shall
also be awarded to the opposite side if under Law 14
the ball is not kicked forward, or is played a second time by the
player who takes the penalty kick until it has been played by another
It was decided to place a note on the Minutes that next year the
question shall be considered of Amalgamating Laws 10
and 14, excepting the part which refers to the
The Representatives of the Football Association withdrew the request
that the Board should make some provision which will give a National
Association, as regards its Cup Matches, jurisdiction over clubs and
players of another National Association who may be guilty of
misconduct ; and it was left to the Football Association and Football
Association of Wales to come an agreement, and have same recorded on
NOTE.—The following agreement
has since been entered into between the two Associations concerned :—"It
is mutually agreed between the Football Association and the Football
Association of Wales, that any case of misconduct on the part of Clubs
or players which may occur in connection with Cup Matches, shall be
dealt with by the Association having control of the competition, and
that each Association will adopt and carry out the decision of the
other with regard to such cases."
The Board was asked to give a ruling on the following point :—May
a Referee award a free kick and not a penalty kick if a player
unintentionally charges from behind, pushes, or holds an opponent
within twelve yards from his own goal line?
It was decided to allow the question to remain on the minutes until
next year, so that it may be decided in conjunction with the proposed
amalgamation of Laws 10 and 14.
The following are
RULINGS ENDORSED BY THE BOARD.
Law 14.—"If a
Goalkeeper has been changed without the Referee being notified, and
the New Goalkeeper handles the ball within the 12 yards' line, a
penalty kick must be awarded."
"In the event of the ball touching the goal-keeper before passing
between the posts when a penalty kick is being taken at the expiry of
time, a goal is scored."
Mr. McDowall moved, and Mr. Gregson seconded—"That the Agreement
re Referees passed at Rostrevor, on 14th
June, 1897, be rescinded. Passed unanimously.
Moved by Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Crump, and passed unanimously—"That
from this date no item in the Memorandum of Agreements shall be
altered or rescinded without notice being given in accordance with
Rule 3 of the International Board.
The Football Association gave notice that they will ask the Board to
consider the desirability of introducing a Law to give Referees power
to deal with Linesmen who have been guilty of serious misconduct.
On the motion of Mr. Crump, seconded by Mr. Dixon, a hearty vote of
thanks was accorded to the Chairman for his conduct in the Chair.
On the motion of Mr. McDowall, seconded by Mr. Davies, the best thanks
of the Board were tendered to Mr. MacBride for acting as Secretary.
D. W. FOY, Chairman.