Mob Ball, Football, and the Origin of Sports

This post is of particular relevance not only because my husband is a soccer fanatic and am I about to tell you about the origin of soccer (football), but because there’s been two stories about Wales football recently, both fraught with ancient grudges and political implications of the relationship between Wales and England for the last 1000 years. The first is about listing a Welsh footballer as English http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/18997930 and the second is the elevation of a Welsh footballer for a best player in Europe award:  http://www.bigsoccer.com/soccer/david-bolt/2012/07/18/messi-ronaldo-and-les-davies/ People (and by that I generally mean ‘men’) played sports a thousand years ago or more, even if those sports wouldn’t have looked quite like what we experience today.  Soccer (or Football) even existed, with the rather ominous name of ‘mob ball’ or ‘mob football’ (see below). Other sports included:  Archery–always popular and in the reign Read more…