Images of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Liverpool, Manchester United, Internazionale, Juventus and Milan have monopolized the European football landscape. Such teams can count on the strenght of many supporters worldwide, and it seems almost impossible not to follow one of them. We want to give voice to those who have "cradled" football in its heyday, prompting its worldwide spread and contributing to setting the rules which govern it. We refer to the oldest British football teams but each country has its "forefathers". Ours is not a work of nostalgia but a well-deserved tribute to the pioneers of a sport which makes our hearts throb. The genesis of football can be traced back to the simple, honest desire to compete and have fun, fostering fraternity between participants. This is not old: it's the very essence of football!