Shrove Tuesday Football Kicks Off, Quickly Turns Into Complete Pandemonium (Photos)

Chris Wright

22nd, February 2012


By Chris Wright

The annual Shrovetide Tuesday football match kicked off in Ashbourne, Derbyshire yesterday and, as is plainly visible from the photos below, the whole shebang reached levels of complete pandemonium very quickly as per usual. It’s all so absurdly ‘English’ that it positively hums with rural whimsy…

The game sees two vast teams (The Up’ards and The Down’ards, depending on which side of the river you were born on) compete to wrestle the huge, elaborately painted and cork-filled leather ball to one of

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  1. David Allison says:

    This is much like the 650-year-old tradition that is played out on the 6th January each year, back in my home village of Westwoodside. The neighbouring villagerss of Haxey join in and the aim of the game is to push the Hood to your village’s pub The Haxey Hood is said to be one of England’s oldest surviving traditions:

  2. k says:

    What was the final score?

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