bbc.co.uk
Home
Explore the BBC
Today Programme Report - Text Only Version
BBC Radio 4
Print This Page

Back to HTML version

Wednesday 18th February 2004

Celebrity football team?

With the news that King Henry VIII may have been the first king to play football, we ask, ‘who would you choose to be in a celebrity football team?’

It has been discovered that King Henry VIII may have been the first king to take part in a football match. However, in those days the sport was a very different affair with no rules.

A clothes historian, Dr Maria Hayward of the Textile Conservation Centre at Southampton University said, “Football wasn’t a game for gentlemen.”

She continued to say that “the boots were described as ankle high and costfour shillings which, putting that into context, the yeoman of the robes who was in charge of his clothes was paid a shilling a day.”

She believes that although Henry VIII had a reputation for beheading people, he would have been very disappointed if people had let him win. In fact, the first time he turned up to jousting, he turned up incognito.

King Henry VIII sporting prowess may come as a surprise to some people. However there are manyfamous figures whohave shown that they have the necessary skills to become professional players. These include Pope John Paul II, Julio Iglesias and Ralf Little.

So who would you have in your celebrity team and why?

It can be anyone, dead or alive. Email us your ideas of fantasy celebrity football team.

The BBC is not responsible for external websites

About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy