Stoke City Football Club was founded in 1863 and is the oldest soccer club in the English Premier League and the second oldest professional club in the world (only Notts County, 1862, is older). With the Dynamo set to face Stoke City on July 24, here is a look back at what was happening in the world 150 years ago.
Key world events in 1863:
- January: The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln
- January: Workers began construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad in the United States
- January: The first section of the London Undergound subway system (Paddington to Farrington Street) opened
- June: The Arts Club was founded in London by Charles Dickens and Frederic Leighton
- October: President Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving to be celebrated the final Thursday in November
- October: The Brooklyn, Bath and Coney Island Rail Road opens in Brooklyn, the oldest route in the New York subway system
- October: Steamed locomotives were introduced in North Wales.
- October: The Football Association is formed in London as the governing body of English Football (soccer) and the first FA in the world
- November: President Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address
- December: The Laws of the Game are approved at a meeting of the FA, creating “Association Football”, including field dimensions, goal size, and other basic rules
- December: 11 days later, the first soccer game is played in London under the new Football Association rules, ending in a goalless draw
Other 1863 notes:
- In 1863, a postage stamp cost two cents
- The U.S. was comprised of 36 states by the end of 1863
- Sam Houston and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson died
- William Randolph Hearst and Henry Ford were born
Tune in to ESPN 97.5 FM tonight for a new episode of Soccer Matters with Glenn Davis. The Dynamo broadcaster will chat with Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis and forward Giles Barnes as well as Mexican national team head coach Chepo de la Torre, LA Galaxy analyst Cobi Jones and former Dynamo and current Stoke City defender Geoff Cameron.
Tonight's episode airs from 7-9 p.m. and can be heard on the radio on 97.5 FM or online at www.espn975.com.
The call-in number for the show is 713-780-3776.
In the latest edition of TunnelVision, we go behind the scenes at the Dynamo's April 28 match vs. the Colorado Rapids. Watch the video and let us know what your favorite part was in the comments below!
Dynamo broadcaster Glenn Davis joined Yahoo! Sports Radio host John Harris Monday morning to talk about Sunday's match vs. the Rapids and the week ahead.
You can hear Davis on radio twice this week talking Dynamo soccer. On Tuesday, listen to Soccer Matters on ESPN 97.5 from 7-9 p.m. and on Thursday, you can listen to Dynamo All-Access on 1560 AM also from 7-9 p.m.
At the Dynamo, we are proud of our commitment to help the Houston community through a varity of charitable initiatives. Many of the initiatives are driven by the organization, while some are driven by the passion of our players. Regardless of the cause, Dynamo fans are always willing to chip with their time or a dollar and we can't thank them enough.
With that said, we are thrilled to see that one of our supporters groups, Texian Army, will be hosting a bake sale before Sunday's game to raise money for the first responders in West, Texas. 100% of the funds raised will go toward the Abbott Volunteer Fire Department, which lost three members in the fire and 11 more volunteers remain hospitalized.
This is a great cause and we urge all Dynamo fans to stop by the Texian Army tailgate in Lot C before the game and purchase a baked good or just donate to the cause.
Check out the Texian Army Facebook page for more information about this great event.
Thanks for your support and go Dynamo!