Descendants of the founding fathers of football attended a ceremony at Wembley Stadium this week following a search by a UCLan historian.
The families of six of the eight men who drafted the original 13 laws of association football 150 years ago travelled to the stadium as a blue plaque was unveiled in their honour.
The Football Association said little was known about Ebenezer Morley, Arthur Pember, Charles William Alcock, Francis Maule Campbell, John Forster Alcock, Herbert Thomas Steward, George Twizell Wawn and James Turner, who formed the FA.
Mr Morley, a London solicitor who formed Barnes Football Club in 1862, wrote to newspaper Bell’s Life suggesting football should have a set of rules, to end disputes.
His letter led to the first meeting between the men at the Freemasons’ Tavern in Great Queen Street, where the FA was formed on October 26, 1863.
Sixteen relatives of six of the men were expected to attend following a four-month search on behalf of the FA,led by cultural historian Dr Jane Clayton of the International Football Institute at UCLan She traced them to Washington DC, Chicago, Auckland, Rossendale in Lancashire and London, and said: “For the search to have been so successful is incredibly pleasing as,from a historical perspective, we now know a lot more about a number of the men that created the most popular sport in the world 150 years ago.
“The research carried out to date has been extensive but the work continues in the hope of discovering more descendants across the world.”