The annual Royal Shrovetide football game in Ashbourne, Derbyshire attracts between 3,000- 5,000 people a year! You might have heard this referred to as ‘mob’ football, which dates right back to the 12th century and only has a couple of rules. No murder or manslaughter, and the ball cannot be driven in a vehicle or put into a bag of any sort. The sport emerged into Europe in the middle ages and is traditionally played on shroves Tuesday and Ash Wednesday.
Teams are called the Up’ards or down’ ards, depending on which side of the river Henmore you were born. All this to get your hands on a cork filled ball, whilst trying to get it towards the goal! Great to see tradition upheld, even if it is a little raucous. Get in there lads!!