William McCrum 1865

William McCrum 1865

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Migrated to/Born in UK

William McCrum was born on the 20th of February 1865 in Ballynahone Beg, which is in the civil parish of Lisnadill in County Armagh. 

William studied in Trinity College Dublin, after which he moved to England where he attempted to take up the family business of linen milling. He proved unsuccessful in this venture and was eventually forced to sell the family mill.

William's true passion was football. He played for Milford FC as a goal keeper and was also a member of the Irish Football Association (IFA). It was in this regard that he is best known. During his time with the IFA, William came up with the idea of introducing penalty kicks as a detterent to deliberate fouls being performed on players. The motion carried but was not well received, with some going so far as to say that introducing penalties would mean the death of football. 

The penalty kick rule became the 13th law of the game of football. 

The pitch in Armagh where William is said to have invented the penalty kick has been named in his honour as William McCrum Park. It is open to the public. 


Additional Information
Date of Birth 20th Feb 1865  
Date of Death 21st Dec 1932  


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