While 2012 has undoubtedly been difficult time for the venerable institution that is England’s Football Association, 2013 promises to be a big year. The FA turns 150 years old in 2013, and to celebrate the occasion, the iconic Three Lions badge is getting a golden makeover. The gilded crest is the work of Designroom Sport, and incorporates both the year of The FA’s founding (1863) and the original handwritten rules of football that spawned the body’s creation.
To celebrate the anniversary, The FA has announced a special calendar of events for next year.
The calendar includes:
* Major England matches including Brazil, Scotland and Republic of Ireland, plus Brazil tour
* UEFA Congress and the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley in May
* FA England Awards at St. George’s Park on Sunday 3 February
* 20 years of women’s football and the UEFA Women’s Euro Finals in July
* National Football Day on Saturday 10 August
* FA Gala Dinner at the Grand Connaught Rooms on Saturday 26 October
The FA was founded on October 26th, 1863 at Freemasons’ Tavern near Holborn. The gala dinner on the 150th anniversary date will be held in the same location as the Freemasons’ Tavern, not the Grand Connaught Rooms.
Just to KCKRS this up a bit, we suggest The FA consider staging at least one match to celebrate the original formation, and the original rules, using those first set of laws. That would be fun.
Source: Designweek, The FA