Bolton Wanderes and Everton were examples amongst the original members of the Football League; Manchester City can trace their origins to a church team.
Tiverton Preedy had direct links with the Muscular Christianity ethos. He studied at Lincoln Theological College - an institution founded by a former Rugby Schoolmaster, Edward Benson.
Rev. Preedy took his belief that sport was a useful means of providing moral education to Barnsley in 1887. Barnsley was predominantly a Rugby town, and Rev. Preedy originally played Rugby, but when he left the Rugby club in protest at their playing a match on Good Friday, he turned his attentions to Association.Rev. Preedy was a curate at St Peter's, and the club he formed carried the name of the church. The fixture lists of the north of England at this time are full of Saints and Holy Trinities.
A generous friend to the poor...
They reached the FA Cup Final in 1910, losing to Newcastle United. In 1912 Barnsley lifted the FA Cup, beating West Bromwich Albion 1-0 in a replayed Final at Bramall Lane. The club presented the match ball to Rev. Preedy.
Sarah Briggs from Barnsley Council and Arthur Bower, Barnsley FC historian, with the match ball from the 1912 FA Cup Final.
Barnsley Chronicle 08.06.13
101 years previously- the same ball is booted away by Barnsley's Dick Downs.