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ICYMI: King Henry VIII was the original football hipster

In case you were too busy fighting smallpox, converting to a new strain of Christianity, or not being alive, you may have missed the fact that Henry VIII was the original football hipster.

Every executioner’s favourite king was supposedly the first man to wear purpose-built football boots all the way back in the 16th century.

While all the mainstream footballers were running around barefoot or in crude Tudor crocs, Henry took to the field in genuine boots (sans studs).



It begs the question, what kind of player was Henry VIII?

Being the ruler of the land and the most powerful man in the world he probably played up top on his own.

And what a touch for a big man!

It’s a brave defender who tugs the King of England’s shirt at a corner. Forget a yellow card, you’d lose your head. Still, anything to clear your lines in the final minute.