1280: Man killed in Newcastle football match

In the late 13th century, a man was killed during a game of football in Newcastle-upon-Tyne:

“Henry, son of William de Ellington, while playing at ball [football] at Ulkham on Trinity Sunday with David le Keu and many others… ran against David and received an accidental wound from David’s knife, of which he died on the following Friday. They were both running to the ball and ran against each other, and the knife hanging from David’s belt stuck out so that the point through the sheath struck against Henry’s belly… Henry was wounded right through the sheath and died by misadventure.”

Source: Calendar of Inquisitions, September 15th 1280. Cited in a volume dated 1916. Content on this page is © Alpha History 2016. Content may not be republished without our express permission. For more information please refer to our Terms of Use or contact Alpha History.

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