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Haxey Hood

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700 years old and completely mental...

She's Dope written by Michael Badger of The Demon Parade

Haxey Hood Game

The Haxey Hood game has been played out at the beginning of January each year since the early 1800’s. It is between two local villages on the Lincolnshire-Nottinghamshire border in Northern England; Haxey and Westwoodside.

It is a boisterous form of rugby conceived following an incident involving the first Lady de Mowbray in the late 13th Century.
The central participants in the game are the fool,13 boggins (or farmboys) a lord and one king Boggin.
The “hood” is a thick piece of rope, about 3ft long and covered with leather. When the hood is flung into the air there then ensues a huge scrum, this is known as the “sway”.
The sway is constantly collapsing and reforming in the mud and swiftly becomes one unrecognisable mass of humanity.
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Haxey Hood 2008 - Upon yon hill the game will commence

Once a year in a field in Lincolnshire...

The Game of Haxey Hood (1929) | BFI National Archive

In North Lincolnshire we witness the game of Haxey Hood, in which the villagers of Haxey and Westwoodside tussle with one another whilst pursuing the 'hood', originally a hat worn by Lady de Mowbray, which got blown off in a gust of wind whilst she was out riding. To the Lady's delight it was rescued by the villagers and has been celebrated by replaying this game every year since. Who says village life is boring! (Laraine Porter)

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Haxey Hood 2016

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Bizarre: The ancient game of Haxey Hood

Action from the annual Haxey Hood competition, which sees villagers try push a 'hood' into a local pub.
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The Haxey Hood 2005

Odd Sport - Haxey Hood

It's a 700-year-old tradition from North Lincolnshire in rural England, but we're unsure how the hood turned into a piece of leather tubing...

Haxey Hood 2011 - Look North report

Dodgy picture quality with some problems with sound - but you get the jist. Non-yokels should look out for:
- celebrity interviews with (Jules' sister) Angie and (brother-in-law) Kev
- pictures of me shoving in the sway, sporting my magnificent holiday beard
- pictures of Jules' parents' pub - the legendary (and victorious!) Carps.

HAXEY HOOD 6 JAN 2010 MANDA GETTING STUCK IN

HAXEY HOOD 6 JAN 2010 SNOW SNOW EVERY WHERE
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HAXEY HOOD 6 JAN 2010 PART 2

MORE OF THE SWAY
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Haxey Hood 2015

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verslag NK kwalleballen Waterkamp, 3

verslag van duidelijke overwinning van team 1 (oranje)

Hobkirk Hand Ball, Rulewater, Roxburghshire, Scotland.

'First comes Candlemas [2nd February] and then the New Moon
The first Monday after that is Hobkirk Ball.'
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Asbourne – Derby 2018

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A festive game of punch-ups

The twelfth day of Christmas (6th January) is for the Haxey Hood game, a primitive kind of rugby, which dates back to the 14th Century.

Smutsig och våldsam tradition

På en lerig brittisk åker utkämpas varje år The Haxey Hood. Lagen tävlar om segertrofen i en kamp som har anor från 1300-talet.

Publicerad på hd.se måndag 15 januari 2007.

Haxey tournament champions 2008

Im the one in grey lol

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