Checking and topping up a Football with air was, not that long ago, an important part of keeping the Football game going. A job that involved unpicking a lace, finding the end of a narrow rubber bladder tube and pumping a brass cylinder with a wooden plunger to restore essential bounce. Or ‘balls gone’ and everyone turns for the spare or home. Lacing the ball back up, the stoppage time could be as little as a minute to a practiced hand. These instruments and their sometimes famous sporting goods & manufacturers labels are one more way of mapping Football’s journey, through the people and places that literally helped to make modern Football.