Which Rules Today? 

During 1874/75 21 fixtures were arranged mainly with other local clubs, the farthest away games being at Wednesbury and at Bromsgrove. It appears that matches with more distant teams were available but Moseley were unable to take them up probably due to the fact that many of the players were engaged in business on Saturday mornings thus reducing the distance that could be travelled for an afternoon game. 

By 1875/76 Moseley did manage to travel further afield, playing games at Derby and at Coventry, however, there were still Saturdays when the club did not have a fixture. The club therefore came up with a novel solution to the problem-if there were not enough rugby fixtures available locally then why not play clubs that used different football rules? 

Thus on 11th December 1875 Moseley played an away fixture with King Edward's School according to the school’s rules. These rules seemed to be a variant of rugby and although Moseley may have had some difficulty adapting they won the match. The Birmingham Daily Gazette reported that ‘nothing of any importance took place till after half-time.’ However, after the break Moseley got into their stride and scored two tries. 

On the following Saturday another away game was played under different rules, this time against Wednesbury Old Athletic. An agreement had been reached with the Wednesbury club that home and away fixtures would be played that season and that the games would be played according to the rules used by the home side. 

Moseley therefore travelled to the Crankhall Grounds to play a game under the rules of the Sheffield Association, a variant of soccer but with some features in common with rugby. Moseley found Wednesbury more difficult opponents than the King Edward's School boys and ‘after a well-contested and even game’ the match ended with neither side having scored. This was a very creditable result for the visitors as during the next few years Wednesbury Old Athletic rivalled Aston Villa as the premier association club in the west Midlands.