the home of the penalty kick

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In 1890, Mr. William McCrum from Milford, Co. Armagh, N. Ireland gave football the penalty kick, arguably world sports' most dramatic rule.

Where is the Home?

The history of Milford is written in its streets of red-bricked terraced homes, A Victorian factory village with little or no trace left of its thriving industrial past.

The Inventor

In 1932 an obituary reflecting on the life of a highly respected local citizen and businessman. A certain William Mc Crum of Milford was lauded.

BBC Bitesize Key Stage 3 History

Who invented the penalty kick?

"Sweaty palms. Ball placed on the spot. Only the keeper to beat. Even if you’re not a football fan, you can’t keep your eyes off the drama of a penalty kick."


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