Stars come out to play as FA celebrates 150th anniversary with glitzy bash in London
caused by the John Terry racism case.
He said: 'One hundred and fifty years ago a group of people met on this site and they changed the world by producing the first laws of the game.
'Throughout that extraordinary journey the FA continued to sit at its heart.
Positive sign: Former England manager Fabio Capello stops for a few autographs
'Despite occasional frustrations we have always and will continue to our play our full part in influencing the development of football in UEFA and FIFA.
'Even after 150 years there remains a simple beauty to the universality of football – from Wembley to parks football a single unbreakable thread runs through.
'The bedrock of English football are the more than 2million people who play football every week.
'Women's football is third biggest participation sport in the country, disability football is the seventh biggest.
Game for a laugh: Terry Venables (centre), Lawrie McMenemy (right) and Peter Reid share a joke
'We have experienced terrible tragedies including Hillsborough and Valley Parade and these events, their victims and their lessons must never be forgotten. They are an indelible part of our story.
'We are also committed to equality and inclusion.'
Earlier in the day, John Barnes was one of the first stars to arrive, signing autographs for young fans and asking if they've done their homework.
Sir Trevor Brooking was one of many wearing a 150th gold badge and former England manager Fabio Capello, looking dapper, accidentally walked into the press room! That was quite amusing, maybe he has some points to make!
VIDEO: History of FA in 150 seconds narrated by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
President Prince William was not there but in a video message he said: 'Football part of very fabric of our society.
'Hope 150th year shines light on
incredible grass roots, especially 400,000 coaches, refs and
administrators up and down the country.'
Hodgson was joined on stage by Michael Owen and blind footballer Dave Clarke.
Owen's stunning goal against Argentina
at the 1998 World Cup was shown and the Stoke striker said: 'When you get
older, you realise how good a time that was.'
Three Lions tamers: (l-r) Roy Hodgson, Fabio Capello, Sven Goran Eriksson, Terry Venables and Graham Taylor
England skipper Steven Gerrard said it is a 'huge honour to be captain of country' in his video message. The Liverpool midfielder apologises twice for not being there.
Barnes and Mark Chamberlain are up. Barnes' goal against Brazil in 1984 is shown and the former Liverpool star says: 'I was looking for someone to pass to.'
David Beckham – who is on a pre-planned visit to hospital patients and is also appearing on video – recalls getting up early at weekends to go to football practice in London then Manchester.
'I owe my family a great deal for taking me to matches,' said the former England captain, who represented his country 115 times.
He says stepping out a England captain is 'the proudest moment an Englishman can have.'
Singer Olly Murs was also on stage, not performing but he will be at Wembley later in the year, apparently.
FACTS ON THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
Formed in 1863, it is the oldest football association in the world.It is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the amateur and professional game in England.The FA oversees the England national teams at all levels for men and women.Its competition, the FA Cup, began in 1872 and is the longest-running association football competition in the world.Aristocrats and Royals have dominated the list of past FA presidents – the current president is Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge.The longest-serving FA secretary or chief executive was Stanley Rous, from 1934-62. He then became FIFA president and was later knighted.The FA's current headquarters is at Wembley Stadium. For 71 years, until 2000, its offices were at Lancaster Gate before it moved to Soho Square for only nine years until the move to the new national stadium took place.The current FA independent chairman is David Bernstein, and the general secretary is Alex Horne.The FA board is split between the professional game and the national (amateur) game. Since last year there are also two extra independent members including Heather Rabbatts, its first female board member.
Star of the screen: David Beckham sent a message as the FA launched the 150th anniversary celebrations
FIVE PEOPLE WHO MADE THE FA WHAT IT IS TODAY
1 Sir Stanley Rous
Unquestionably, the man who has had the biggest influence over English football.
Rous was FA secretary from 1934-1961, he re-wrote the laws of the game in 1938, and championed England's entry into FIFA in 1946. He left in 1961 – to become FIFA president.
2 Ebenezer Morley
A solicitor and who was first inspired with the belief that football should have a set of rules in the same way the MCC had for cricket.
It was his initiative that led to the formation of the Football Association in 1963 and the became the FA's first secretary and later its president.
He also drafted modern football's first rules.
3 Sir Denis Follows
Although some commentators have suggested Follows' era as FA secretary between 1962 and 1973 was uninspired, he did oversee two significant events – though with much influence from his predecessor Rous, who was the FIFA president.
The first was England hosting and winning the 1966 World Cup; the second was in 1971 rescinding the ban on women's football being played at Football League grounds, a rule which had stood since 1921.
4 Ted Croker
FA secretary between 1973 and 1989, he transformed the finances of an organisation via sponsorship and realised the potential of TV income.
He has the misfortune to be in charge during an era when the game was bedevilled by hooliganism, and with three terrible disasters: Bradford, Heysel and Hillsborough.
He defended football in the face of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's attempts to sideline it, telling her famously: “These people are society's problems and we don't want your hooligans in our sport.”
5 David Bernstein
He has only been FA chairman for two years, but has done much to restore it from an all-time low point after the humiliation of the 2018 World Cup bid defeat in 2010.
He persuaded the FA council to agree to reforms to modernise the organisation, including independent board members and the first woman on the board.
He also confronted some painful issues, apologising for the FA's role in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster and the organisation's approach to racism following the John Terry abuse case.
Brazilliant: John Barnes scored a famous goal against the Samba superstars in 1984
1863 – First meeting of the Football Association at the Freemason's Tavern on October 26 to agree common rules.
– Ebenezer Cobb Morley appointed first FA secretary and was responsible for drafting the first set of rules.
– First game with the new rules played at Mortlake on December 19 between Barnes and Richmond. It finished 0-0.
1872 – The first FA Cup tournament, involving 15 teams, concludes when Wanderers and Royal Engineers meet at The Oval on March 16. In front of 2,000 spectators, Morton Betts scores the only goal for Wanderers.
– England play their first full international match, against Scotland at Partick. Game finishes 0-0.
1873 – England play first home game at The Oval, beating Scotland 4-2.
William Kenyon-Slaney (2), Alexander Bonsor and Charles Chenery get the goals.
1877 – The three different sets of rules – Sheffield Rules, London Rules and Mixed Rules – are amalgamated.
1886 – First meeting of the International Football Association Board held in Holborn.
1908 – England play first match overseas. Beat Austria 6-1.
1923 – Wembley Stadium opens. Becomes the permanent home for the England team and the FA Cup final. Bolton beat West Ham 2-0 in the first final. The attendance is recorded as 126,047, although it is thought many more were present.
1924 – England play at Wembley for first time. Draw 1-1 with Scotland.
1930 – The FA decline FIFA's invitation to enter the first World Cup, also snubbing the 1934 and 1938 tournaments.
1934 – Stanley Rous named secretary. Remains in position for a record 28 years.
1947 – Join FIFA and agree to share a permanent vice-presidency position with Wales, Scotland and Ireland.
1950 – England compete in a World Cup for the first time, losing 1-0 to the USA in the process.
1953 – First home defeat to overseas opposition – other than Ireland – as England are beaten 6-3 by Hungary with Nandor Hidegkuti getting a hat-trick and Ferenc Puskas getting two more.
1954 – England lose 7-1 to Hungary in Budapest, their heaviest defeat.
1955 – Duke of Edinburgh named president.
1959 – Billy Wright captains England for a record 90th time. Is equalled by Bobby Moore in 1973.
1966 – England hosts World Cup, beating opposition from West Germany and Spain to hold the event.
– England win tournament, beating West Germany 4-2 after extra-time at Wembley.
1981 – Bert Millichip becomes chairman, a post he holds for 15 years.
1990 – England record their best World Cup performance overseas, reaching the semi-finals in Italy where they are beaten on penalties by West Germany.
– Peter Shilton wins a record 125th cap in the third-place play-off defeat to Italy.
1992 – The Football Association takes control of the newly-created Premier League.
1996 – Hosts Euro 96.
2000 – Wembley Stadium closed for rebuilding work, done at a cost of 798 million by Australian firm Multiplex.
2000 – Loses to Germany in the contest to stage the 2006 World Cup.
2001 – England gets its first foreign manager as Sven-Goran Eriksson is appointed as successor to Kevin Keegan.
2003 – Mark Palios named chief executive. His brief tenure includes banning Rio Ferdinand from playing in a Euro 2004 qualifier with Turkey after the Manchester United defender fails to take a drugs test. Resigns in 2004 after media revelations of an alleged affair with Faria Alam.
2006 – Prince William named president.
2007 – Wembley re-opened in time for FA Cup final.
2008 – Signs a record 425 million deal with ITV and Setanta for England and FA Cup games. Setanta goes into administration during the 2008-09 campaign.
2010 – Chairman Lord Triesman forced to resign after alleging Spain and Russia had tried to bribe referees during 2010 World Cup.
– FA embarrassingly receives only two votes – including its own – in voting to host 2018 World Cup, which Russia wins.
2012 – National Football Centre at St George's Park opens.
2013 – Launches 150th anniversary celebrations at Connaught Rooms in central London.