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The London park for the first ever Football Association game.
Battersea Park covers over 200 acres of the south bank of the River Thames opposite Chelsea, and was opened in 1858 after 12 years of planning & development.
In 1845, the local vicar and Thomas Cubitt, made an application to form a Royal Park of 320 acres. The Act was passed in 1846 and 200,000 was promised for the purchase of the land.
Battersea Park is also famous for hosting the first football game played under the rules of the recently formed Football Association on 9 January 1864.