That Mitre ball with the red stripe…

Got, Not Got

These days we are used to balls tailored to individual clubs and the different seasons of the year, but this one caused a bit of a stir breaking down the barriers of plain white that we had been long used to… 

mitre ball

We have a feeling that this Football League designed ball made its debut in the 1979 League Cup final between Nottingham Forest and Southampton, but we have been wrong before.

mitre ball match

Due to its patchy red equator it looked a bit odd and wobbly in flight and wasn’t used for very long.

Do you know any more details about this ball, and what was your club’s finest hour hoofing it about?

Read more load of old balls, and approximately a million other things, in ‘The Lost World of Football’ is available now in branches of WH Smiths and Waterstones or can be ordered online here…  

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