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Royal Shrovetide Football


The Spirit of Ashbourne - Shrovetide Football 2011

A Documentary I made for my university dissertation about Shrovetide Football- the ancient game of the up'ards v down'ards played in the streets of Ashbourne in Derbyshire.

Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football 2014 - Drama in the Henmore Brook.

Play stood still in the Henmore river for over 25mins with players often falling off the river bank and onto the players below.

Royal Shrovetide Football 2018


Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football 2013 (GoPro Edit)

Every year, thousands of locals from rival sides of a rugged English town brutally compete in an ancient sports game that is the lifeblood of the community -- and the origin of soccer, rugby, and football. This is Royal Shrovetide mass football played in the town of Ashbourne, UK.
Filmed with the GoPro HD Hero

Music: Kasabian - Club Foot

Filmed/edited by Ben Holmes

Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football - 2017. Wednesday. Ball Toss.

Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football - 2017. Wednesday Ball Toss
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Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football

Action from the first day of Royal Ashbourne Shrovetide Football 2009. Score on day 1-0 to Down'ards.

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Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football Wed 18th feb 2015

Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football Wed 18th feb 2015

Shrovetide Football, Tuesday 24/02/09 - Break to Clifton Goal

As we walk towards the masses gathered in a field near Clifton, a runner breaks with the ball and hundreds chase him towards the Down'ards target - the Clifton Shrovetide goal

Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football 2014 - Day 1.(Shrove Tuesday) Turning up of the ball.

Shrove Tuesday 04/03/2014. Turner up of the ball today was local builder Stuart Lees.

Missing ball ends anual Shrovetide football match

Up'ards won the Shrovetide football match 1-0 after the ball went missing on Wednesday night (18th).


tues and wed in pictures of Ashbourne royal shrovetide 2007 (music by oasis)

The History of Footballs in 11 Objects

First 11 brings era defining football stories together in one place. This episode looks at the history of the football.

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Turning up the Second Tuesday Ball at Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football 2011

Because the first ball had been goaled before 5:00pm, a second ball was turned up from Hall Croft. This ball did not have the usual artistic decorations. It looks like it had been written on with lipstick or a felt tip pen. No doubt there's a story behind it. Initial play was more fluid than with the first ball, but became stationary for a while by Waitrose. Once darkness had fallen, the ball was rushed down Compton Street, on to the Belper Road and thence to Sturston to score for the Up'ards at about 6.30pm

Shrovetide Football Ashbourne 2018 - 1

Play starts on day one - Tues

Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football 2014 - Play on the Sports Fields 2

Play is clearly visible from an elevated level as it becomes grounded against a hedge on the edge of the Sports Fields.

Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football 2014 - Player anticipate a break from the Henmore Brook.

Player back off from the hug anticipating the ball to break free any moment...!

Shrovetide Football Ashbourne 2018 - 15

The ball momentarily breaks free from a sea of faces.... but only for a quick moment!!!

Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football 2014 - ends up in the middle of Ashbourne Pond again.

It doesn't happen very often but play ended up in the town pond two time in two days this year!

shrovetide football shrove tuesday 2009

Day 1 of the annual Shrovetide Football game in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, UK. Steve Bloor scores for the Downards at Clifton.

Shrovetide Football Ashbourne 2018 - 2

Play is just minutes in & already its getting rough...!



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