“Organised” football was being played in castle courtyards in Scotland more than 500 years ago, experts have found. Documents show a set of accounts from the court of King James IV indicating he paid two shillings for a bag of “fut ballis” in April 1497.
The world’s oldest surviving football dates back to 1540 and was found behind panelling in Stirling Castle. The Scottish Football Museum said it appeared the game evolved rather than was invented.
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