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Below is a photograph of the great Charlie Roberts in 1903. The following year the FA passed a new regulation that dealt with rebels like Roberts. Any idea what it was?

It was either the length of his shorts or it was his union activities :ph34r: .

Is it the maximum wage? I seem to remember it was before then so I guess it is something to do with the banning of trades unions in football or the failure of players to renounce the same.

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Guest Gary Loughran
Below is a photograph of the great Charlie Roberts in 1903. The following year the FA passed a new regulation that dealt with rebels like Roberts. Any idea what it was?

It was either the length of his shorts or it was his union activities :lol: .

Is it the maximum wage? I seem to remember it was before then so I guess it is something to do with the banning of trades unions in football or the failure of players to renounce the same.

I'm with Andy here, the shorts look a bit, well, short, for the period in question.

Also in the "conspiracy of wealth" thread you made mention of football unions and around the same time period. Didn't Meredith play in the same team as Roberts? were they therefore connected in some way with the pay rebels.

Are you doing a history of Man U at the minute :D :D

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It was either the length of his shorts or it was his union activities.
I'm with Andy here, the shorts look a bit, well, short, for the period in question.

Charlie Roberts upset the Football Association by starting the fashion of wearing very short knickers. In 1904 the FA took action by passing a regulation that stipulated that football knickers covered the knees. Roberts and some other players ignored this regulation. However, it was one of the reasons that long baggy shorts remained fashionable until after the Second World War.

Roberts, a committed socialist, was a really interesting character. More later.

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