Football, also known as soccer, is a sport loved and played by millions of people around the world. But have you ever wondered where the oldest football in existence is?
According to BBC’s ‘A History of the World’, the world’s oldest football was discovered behind the paneling of the Queen’s Chamber in Stirling Castle.
This historic castle, decorated in the 1540s, is located in Stirling, Scotland.
It is believed that the football was made in Stirling and was most likely used in the courtyards within the castle or taken to the royal gardens below the walls.
It is fascinating to think that everyone from the castle, including kings and queens, would have been involved in playing this early version of the game.
Mary Queen of Scots, who was known to have an interest in sports such as golf and football, recorded a game of football in her diaries while at Carlisle Castle.
It is possible that this football belonged to her and was somehow lost or deliberately placed behind the paneling for protection from witchcraft, a common practice during that time.
While we may never know the true story behind the placement of the football, one thing is certain – this little ball marks the beginning of a sport that has grown to involve a sixth of the world’s population.
Football has come a long way since the days of Stirling Castle.
Today, it is a global phenomenon, with fans and players from every corner of the globe.
From local matches to international tournaments, the sport brings people together and ignites passion like no other.
As the world’s oldest football continues to be preserved and admired, it serves as a reminder of the rich history and enduring legacy of this beloved sport.
This article was updated 4 weeks ago