16 Facts About Arthur Pember


Arthur Pember was a British sportsman, stockbroker, lawyer, journalist and author, notable for serving as the first president of The Football Association from 1863 to 1867.

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Arthur Pember grew up in the Brixton Hill and Clapham Park suburbs of London.

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On 2 January 1864, Arthur Pember led his "President's Side" to victory over the "Secretary's Side" in a friendly match at Battersea Park to test out the new laws.

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In February 1866, Arthur Pember chaired the FA meeting that created the second edition of the Laws of the Game.

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Arthur Pember urged that a tape be strung between the posts, with a goal counting only if the ball went below the tape.

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Arthur Pember was twice re-elected FA President, in October 1864 and February 1866.

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At its next annual meeting in February 1867, which Arthur Pember did not attend, the FA elected Morley to replace him as president.

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Arthur Pember's name is absent from records of subsequent FA annual meetings.

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Arthur Pember successfully climbed Mont Blanc in August 1863, and would go on to describe his experience on the mountain in public lectures.

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In 1868, Arthur Pember emigrated with his wife and two sons to New York, where he started a new career as a journalist.

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In 1871 and 1872, Arthur Pember contributed to a lengthy series of articles in The New York Times on "Our State Institutions".

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Arthur Pember followed this up in 1872 and 1873 with a series of The New York Times articles exploring "how the other half lives", for which the author assumed several disguises including beggar and circus performer.

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In 1875, Arthur Pember appeared before a New York state legislative crime committee in order to testify about the police collusion he had discovered in 1871.

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In May 1884, Arthur Pember moved with his five sons from New York to LaMoure, Dakota Territory, in order to become a stock farmer.

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An 1885 newspaper article reported that Arthur Pember was writing a book entitled "Twenty Years in New York Journalism".

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Arthur Pember had ten children with his wife Alice, of whom six survived infancy.

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