┆The purpose of The Football Enquiry was “\[t\]o enquire into the state of Association Football at all levels, including the organisation, management, finance and administration, and the means by which the game may be developed for the public good; and to make recommendations” (The Football Enquiry Terms of Reference).
On 23 June 1966 Mr. Denis Howell, the government minister with responsibility for sport, announced the appointment of The Football Enquiry Committee, with Norman Chester as the Chairman. The other members of the Committee were: Clifford H. Barclay; Nicholas Davenport; Bernard Donoughue; Mervyn B. Griffiths; Lewis Hawser, Q.C.; David Munrow; W. J. Slater; Arthur Tiley; Brian Walden, M.P.; and Magnus Williamson.
The Football Enquiy may also be known by variations on the name including 'Committee of Enquiry on Football', 'Howell Commission', 'Chester Committee of Inquiry into Football', 'The Chester Report' and 'the first Chester Report'. In this catalogue, the series is named in accordance with the headed paper used by the Committee which was named simply 'The Football Enquiry'. Other names have resulted from the fact that the report of The Football Enquiry was called 'Report of the Committee on Football' (1968) and that Norman Chester was later involved in another football inquiry resulting in another report (see series S/005/02 for records of the second inquiry).