Help us honour city-born FA founder
ONE of Hull's forgotten sons could finally be honoured after the city's council agreed to fund a plaque in his memory.
Ebenezer Cobb Morley is the father of modern football and founder of the FA. He was born in Hull and lived there until he was 22.
The council initially insisted any plaque would have to be funded privately but, following an approach by the Mail, it has decided to make an exception in this case.
A spokesperson for the council said: “To place a heritage plaque on the birthplace of FA founder Ebenezer Cobb Morley we would need to locate it.
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“The cost to produce and erect a plaque would be about £500 and on this occasion Hull City Council would pay for its installation.”
The trouble is, no one knows exactly where he lived.
The Mail is urging anyone with more information on this enigmatic character to contact the newspaper so the city can finally pay tribute to a forgotten hero.
As well as founding the FA Morley was its first secretary and the author of The Rule Book of Association Football.
Football historian Peter Lupson and author of Thank God For Football believes the city should hail Mr Morley's achievements.
He said: “Mr Morley is someone the community of Hull has every right to be proud of.
“He is a son of Hull who has given the world Association Football. I'd feel it is worth publicising the fact.”
While it is unclear where he was born we do know Mr Morley's parents, Ebenezer Morley and Hannah Cobb, married at St Mary's (Anglican) Church, Hull on April 26, 1826.
Morley was born in Hull on August 16, 1831 and was baptised at Holborn Street Congregational Chapel on September 11.
In 1841, the family moved to Pemberton Street and then to Holborn Place, which no longer exists.