1888 in association football
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The following are the association football events of the year 1888 throughout the world.
- February 1 - Royal Arsenal move to Manor Ground, their first permanent stadium, playing their first match there, against Millwall Rovers.
- March 23 - A meeting of 12 clubs at Anderson's Hotel in London on the eve of the FA Cup Final, convened by Aston Villa's William McGregor, discusses the possibility of a national football league competition.
- April 17 - A further meeting at Manchester's Royal Hotel leads to the competition being named The Football League.
- September 8 - The first Football League matches are played.
Clubs founded in 1888
Winners club national championship
- No national leagues existed prior to 1888, when the English Football League was founded. The first champions, Preston North End, emerged in the spring of 1889.
- 1888 British Home Championship (February 4 – April 7, 1888)
- March 11 — Hermann Garrn, German international footballer (died 1966)
- August 24 — Leo Bosschart, Dutch international footballer (died 1951)
- December 6 — Wilhelm Trautmann, German international footballer (died 1969)
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