In 1981, the world’s oldest football was discovered behind the panelling of the Queen’s bedchamber in Stirling Castle, Scotland. Dated back to the 1540s and made from cow leather and a pig’s bladder, it is believed to have belonged to Mary, Queen of Scots, who lived there and was known to enjoy a game of football. It was likely a gift from her father, King James IV, who bought four footballs in the 1490s.
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Mary may have hidden her football as a form of protection from witchcraft