The GAME that Survived The Test of Times!
Though the football enthusiasm is predominant among Britain folks, it has faced and has withstood various oppositions and interventions though unsuccessful from various authorities. They found this game as recreation which caused violence.
Football was forbidden within city as early as 1314, by the Mayor of London as it caused chaos. He issued a proclamation to forbid football and any deviation lead to imprisonment.
The war between England and France witnessed more disposition towards football. The game of football was punishable as the game prevented the knights and subjects from practising for the war, like practising archery. This disposition went on for one century by various Kings.
Even the Scottish kings felt the need to prohibit the game of football. The decree proclaimed by James I in the year 1424 read “Thatna man play at the Fute-ball”. Despite all these efforts the game was popular among people, as they were delighted watching the players tumble for the ball. This delight was difficult to be uprooted.
Reason for resentment was been the capability of the game to disturb public. To sate an example, in 1608, a game was banned in Manchester as many window glasses were broken. Around the 16th century the Puritans who wanted to bring in religious reforms, claimed football as “Frivolous amusement” and wanted to ban the game. Their main concern was that peace was violated on the Sabbath. This lead to the ban of any kind of entertainments on Sundays, leave alone Football.
This ban was continued for 3 centuries and was lifted by the consent of the Football Association.
Exuberant Times of Football
During the Elizabethan times the passion for football grew exuberantly. Renaissance Italy played an influential part to intensify the local and native popularity for the game. Though Venice and other cities had their share in the form of an own sport brand called Calcio. These games were well organised and played in public events organised during specific holidays in Florence. Uniqueness of the games is that the teams used to be dressed in coloured livery.
Though the game of football was rustic and rough, there was an ardent supporter for various reasons called Richard Mulcaster. He was a great teacher and also headed the famous London schools of Merchant Taylors and St. Paul’s. It’s he who pointed out that football if refined a little can have a positive influence on educational values. He also said that this game promoted good health and strength. He firmly believed each team should have limited players and should have a stricter referee.
Despite many enthusiasts to flourish the game, there was hardly any progress in the game of football for many centuries. The game was almost forbidden and banned for 5 centuries. The persistent ban could never suppress the interest in the game and has made Football one of the national games of United Kingdom. There exists a separate league for football for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in the recent days.