Can you imagine playing soccer barefoot with a leather ball?

Nigerian football team, 1949

I love reading about unusual stories from the history of sport. My friend Ola recently wrote a great article on

The Story of the 1949 Nigerian Football Team’s UK Tour

before I read this article, I had no idea that this tour took place. One of the aspects that I found most interesting was that they players did not wear shoes. I can’t imagine trying to play football with a lightweight plastic children’s ball, let alone a heavy leather football of the type used in England in the 1940s.

Ola’s article is really well-written, so even if you’re not a football fan, you’ll enjoy it.

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