0 Queen hosts football match

pr picsThe competitive fixture involving two amateur sides was the idea of the Duke of Cambridge, President of the FA.

London sides Civil Service FC, the sole survivor of the 11 teams that formed the FA on 26 October 1863, took on Polytechnic FC, set up in 1875.

Prince William hosted the event and also present medals to 150 volunteers.

The Queen gave permission for the Southern Amateur League fixture to take place.

Wembley groundsman Tony Stones worked with royal household gardeners to create the 110 yards x 65 yards (100m x 60m) pitch in the 39-acre (16 hectares) garden.

The Queen's backyard has been used to stage concerts, a trade fair and two boxing matches - one in the 1950s and one in 1873 when the Shah of Persia was resident in the palace and given, it is said, to slaughtering sheep in his guest quarters.

The lawn was mown with criss-cross strips like at Wembley.

And on this royal turf played two amateur sides: Civil Service FC - the sole survivor of the eleven teams that formed the FA in 1863 - and Polytechnic FC, who were formed, according to their records, in 1875 to teach the ragamuffins the club attracted how to become respected young men.

Once the final whistle was blown, work began to ensure the match lives on in the memory rather than leaving a lasting impression on a vast private lawn more used to hosting annual garden parties and where the Queen regularly walks her corgis.

Read the full story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24423342

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