This ancient English tradition has very little to do with the beautiful game. Despite safety concerns, every Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday Ashbourne town centre is boarded up and two teams prepare to do battle for the Royal Shrovetide Football...
There are very few rules, no real boundaries and the goalposts, at Sturton Mill and Clifton Mill, are three miles apart. The two sides are those that live north of Henmore Brook - the Uppards, and those who live south of it - the Down`ards. The ball inevitably ends up in Henmore Brook and the players invariably follow, regardless of the freezing soaking they receive.
The game starts around 2pm, and finishes around 10pm, leaving just enough time to make it to the pub to celebrate before doing it all over again the next day.
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