Mob Ball, Football, and the Origin of Sports

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 of Edward I, a required activity for all villagers on Sunday afternoons; ‘Bowls’–a form of bowling, which also included another game called ‘skittles’; ‘Colf’, the precursor to golf; hammer-throwing; ‘shinty’–a hockey-like game; wrestling; horseshoes; quarterstaff contests; and ‘stoolball’–a precursor to cricket. http://www.middle-ages.org.uk/entertainment-middle-ages.htm ‘Mob football’ developed between the 7th and 9th centuries in Britain.  This site writes: “It was explicitly violent and played between villages, at the time of celebration and festivity. In fact, it was so violent that people living nearby would barricade their Read more…