Medieval times (Norman Britain) - Football History - 1400's

Henry the Fifth, in medieval times (1414), made a proclamation, forbidding the Game of Football and ordering all young men to practise Archery.  He must have been fairly successful, because his archers defeated the French at Agincourt.  Still, no Awards for Football for the Archers, then!

In 1421, there is documented evidence of the first possible 'Football Club".  In the accounts of The Brewers Company of London, there is a listing for hiring out their hall to "ffooteballepleyers", for 20 pennies.  Listed under 'Crafts and Fraternities' it suggests that the "ffooteballepleyers" were an 'organisation' (club).

Scotland's first mentioning of "Fute-ball" was in 1424, when King James 1st tried to ban the game.  This is strange, because James was a keen sportsman.  Maybe this was a 'selective' law for commoners only?

 No less controversial, was the Prior of Bicester's payment of 4 denarii on St Katherine;s Day, 1425 "to sundry gifts to football players (ludentibus ad pilam pedalem)".  Despite the game being banned, he risked giving his patronage to it.

In 1477, Edward the Fourth passed a law forbidding the games of Quoits, Dice, Football and all such games and – every strong and able-bodied person had to practice with their bow “in the interests of national defence”.

There is an account, in Latin, at the end of the 1400's, of a football game being played at Cawston in Nottinghamshire. It describes a 'kicking game' involving 'dribbling': "[t]he game at which they had met for common recreation is called by some the foot-ball game.

 

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With thanks to Wikipedia

Roman Coins of the time

 It is one in which young men, in country sport, propel a huge ball not by throwing it into the air but by striking it and rolling it along the ground, and that not with their hands but with their feet... kicking in opposite directions" The account also refers to a  'football pitch', stating: "[t]he boundaries have been marked and the game had started".

 

 

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