Collection PFC - Polytechnic Football Club

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Polytechnic Football Club


  • 1882-1984 (Creation)

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2 boxes

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Quintin Hogg, founder of the Polytechnic, and his friend and colleague Arthur Fitzgerald Kinnaird (1847-1923, 11th Baron Kinnaird), were both skilled footballers at Eton at a time when the game, until then limited to public schools playing to their own rules, was first being organised. The FA rules were established in 1863. On leaving school, both continued to play for the Wanderers, a team of public school old boys which won five of the first seven FA cup finals. FA cup was first played in 1871-72 season. They also played in the first unofficial England Scotland internationals (for Scotland). Lord Kinnaird was later President of the Football Association.

Kinnaird was involved with Hogg's charitable foundations and retained his connection with their football teams. Hogg's Institute encompassed members who were not students, but were involved in its other activities.

The first Institute football club was formed in 1875 as the Hanover Football Club, for which Hogg and Kinnaird both played. The series of matches organised against boys clubs, public school city settlements and other teams during the 1870’s marked part of the movement which helped to spread football to the working classes, ensuring the game’s widespread popularity and also the rise of the professional player- soon to displace the public school amateurs.

In 1882 the Young Men’s Christian Institute moved to 309 Regent Street, former home of the Royal Polytechnic Institute. It soon adopted the name Polytechnic, and the football club became the Polytechnic Football Club. The Club, which had previously had grounds in Barnes and in Wimbledon, moved to the Quintin Hogg Memorial Ground at Chiswick in 1906. The Club continues to play there, as members of the Southern Amateur League, with up to seven teams fielded every week.

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Records of the Polytechnic Football Club, comprising photographs, 1882-1939 and undated; printed histories, 1926, 1936, 1952; Financial accounts, 1965-1984.

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The original order of these records has been lost due to both the fragmentary manner in which the records entered the University Archive . Arrangement decisions have therefore been taken by the Cataloguer based on type of record and ease of retrieval by users.

Anna McNally 08/08/2012

This collection has been arranged into the following series:

PFC/1 Financial and Administrative records

PFC/2 Histories and Memorabilia

PFC/3 Photographs

PFC/4 Programmes

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Status: Open. Access is subject to signing the Regulations for Access form, unless the records are restricted under the Data Protection Act 2018 or under exemptions in the Freedom of Information Act 2000

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  • English

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See also ACC1994/1, ACC1995/21 and ACC1995/30

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