The very first leather football created was an unmitigated failure.
Mr John Thomas, pigskin king of Preston town, was challenged to manufacture an outer sleeve to fit snugly around the air filled pig’s-bladder. The resulting palaver is shown below.
The first match to attempt to utilise the “Ball” was between Scumchester United and Winklemarsh Academic.
It was, unsurprisingly a 0-0 draw. Even after Scumchester’s usual injury time addition of 75 minutes.
Mr Thomas was a laughing stock and died 65 years later, rich and comfortable in a castle made of redundant footballs.