How important are ‘firsts’ in the history of the football codes? Does it matter if a club is the ‘oldest’? Do they distract from the bigger issues in the history of how the different games emerged and evolved? For this week’s ten-minute trip through the football code time tunnel I’m giving the talk I gave at last week’s International Football History Conference – @footycon – on whether ‘firsts’ matter For more on the history of rugby and the other football codes, follow me on Twitter @collinstony and at

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