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As the next cricket season drew to a close, four men – Thomas Wills, William Hammersley, James Thompson (all high-profile Victorian cricketers) and Thomas Smith (a teacher at Scotch College) – came together on May 17,1859, to draw up a set of rules. They had been part of a group of Melbourne cricketers who had formed the Melbourne Football Club three days earlier. The Melbourne Football Club is the earliest surviving major football club formed in the world. Geelong, formed in July 1859, is the second oldest.