"he comes out riving at the remains of a Frido ball"

Penny floater
Public DomainPenny floater - Credit: Andrew Lawson
The old leather 'caser'
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThe old leather 'caser' - Credit: Mateer
The Frido ball, made of pimpled plastic, was the first cheap alternative to a leather ball, ideal for a kick about in the park or the back street. Unlike the heavy leather 'caser' (heavy as a cannon ball when wet) the Frido was light and could be moved around in the air, rather like the new, lighter balls of today. If punctured, it could also be repaired using the same repair kit that was used for fixing the inner tubes of bicycles. Such balls are commonly known as 'penny floaters'.