Buckingham Palace garden hosts its first competitive football match, Prince William warns against breaking a window

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle

As part of The Football Association's ongoing 150th anniversary celebration, FA president Prince William hosted the first ever competitive football match at Buckingham Palace. According to the Telegraph, the Queen gave her permission to hold the Southern Amateur League fixture match between west London sides Civil Service FC, the only member of the 11 London clubs that formed the FA in 1863 still in existence, and Polytechnic FC, founded in 1875, on a specially created pitch in her 39-acre garden.

This, apparently, is an event that the Duke of Cambridge has dreamed of for a long time. From the Telegraph:

He said: "This magnificent home, Buckingham Palace, is at the heart of the nation, and so there cannot be a more fitting setting to celebrate our national game, and to celebrate all of you.

"I cannot tell you how excited I am that later today we will be playing football on my grandmother's lawn. One warning, though: if anyone breaks a window, you can answer to her."

With Howard Webb serving as referee and Michael Owen among the few in attendance, the match went off without a single window being broken. The only other reminder of the unusual setting was probably the fact that Palace footmen brought out orange slices, chocolate bars and water at halftime.

Sadly, the Queen did not once open a window and shout "Get off my lawn!" Polytechnic won 2-1.

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