William McCrum
 

William McCrum

INVENTOR OF PENALTY KICK IN SOCCER

The holder of a special place in the history of the world’s most popular sport, William McCrum was cognizant of the degeneration of the sport of football as a result of cynical foul play and in 1890, suggested the idea of a penalty kick in order to prevent this type of behavior. His idea caused offence to those who considered football a gentleman’s sport but one year later the proposal was adopted as ‘rule number 13’ in the ‘Laws of the Game’.

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William McCrum and other Great Irish People are featured in the book Great Irish People - A Dictionary of Irish Biography, which you can buy online here.
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William McCrum Print

This beautiful print of William McCrum (c1861 - 1932) comes in four sizes 12" x 16" or 16" x 20" or 20" x 24" and Poster size 24" x 36" with two different finishes, Gloss or Parchment and will be delivered to your home or business within 14 days. For a small additional charge you can have a short biography of William McCrum printed beside the portrait.

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