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Uppies and Downies

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Uppies & Downies Saturday 2019

The final match of the 2019 Uppies and Downies mass football game in Workington. Uppie Carl Denver hailed the ball leaving the final score 2:1 to the Uppies.

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Uppies and Downies Good Friday 2019

All the action from the first game of this year's Uppies and Downies mass football series in Workington. Stephen Busby hailed the ball giving the Downies a 1:0 lead.

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This Is Uppies and Downies 2017

Easter Tuesday game 2017 won by the Uppies. Liam Friel hailed the ball at Workington Hall.

Uppies & Downies 2018 Saturday

Nathan Askew makes history by being the first person to hail all three balls in the Workington Easter mass football game, Uppies and Downies. Here's all the action from the last game of 2018
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Uppies & Downies 2018 Tuesday Game

All the action from Workington's Easter Mass Football game. After an epic game the ball was hailed by Nathan Askew again for the Uppies.

Uppies and Downies Good Friday 2017

Action from the first of the 2017 mass football game in Workington. Downies took the win, Keith Hunter hailed the ball.
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Uppies & Downies Tuesday 2019

All the action from the second game in the 2019 Uppies and Downies series in Workington. Cam McCue hailed for the Uppies bringing the score to 1-1. Who'll win the decider on Saturday?

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Uppies and Downies Saturday 2017

Jamie Friel hails the ball for the Uppies winning the final match of the 2017 series in about 25 minutes. Uppies won the Workington Easter mass football series 2-1

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uppies and downies in an undisclosed member of workington's flat.

starring jonathan quayle, colin harrison, john byrne and ben hill.

lee sharp on camera.

Uppies & Downies 2018 Good Friday

The 2018 mass football series gets underway in Workington. Uppie Nathan Askew hailed the ball at about 9.30pm after a great game which passed right through the town after battling it out on the Cloffocks.
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Uppies and Downies - Tuesday 2013

Video and stills from the early part of the second Uppies and Downies game (Tuesday, April 2, 2013) in Workington.

Uppies and Downies Saturday 2013

Action from the third of Workington's mass football games in 2013. Downies won the with the ball being hailed by Stephen Busby.
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The chaos of Uppies and Downies 2019

Uppies and Downies is a historic game with rules similar to Murder Ball. The game is played every Easter bank holiday at Workington in West Cumbria. In each game, people from the northside of the town, Uppies battle those from the south end, downies to get the ball to a hailing point and win the game. It's a mix of Murder Ball and Capture the Flag. Here is some of the action from one of this year's games.

Uppies & Downies 100 years remembrance

100 years to the day since the first post World War One game players and spectators honour servicemen and women in this very special game of Uppies & Downies, Workington's traditional mass football event.

Uppies and Downies - Uppies hail Satrurday 2017

Jamie Friel hails the ball for the Uppies in a match that lasted only about 25 minutes meaning the Uppies win this years contest 2-1.
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Uppies and Downies - Good Friday 2013

Stills and video from the Good Friday 2013 Uppies and Downies game in Workington.

Downies hailing in Uppies and Downies Good Friday 2017

Keith Hunter hails the ball for the Downies to take the first game of the 2017 Workington traditional mass football game

Sedgefield Ball Game 2016

Sedgefield Ball Game 2016

Sedgefield Ball Game is held each Shrove Tuesday. Its origin is said to date back over 900 years, although the first written account was recorded around 220 years ago.

Today, according to rumour, a secret local committee, organise the ball game to avoid any public liability.

Each year a senior local resident is selected to commence the game, by passing a ball three times through a bullring on the village green at 1 pm. The ball is made of leather, the game is to “ally” the ball at two goals, at either end of Sedgefield, but not before 4 pm. Today though the village has expanded, so only one goal now exists and that is a beck to the south of the village.

Between 1 pm and 4 pm the ball is kicked, passed and carried around the village and surrounding villages, local pubs by tradition. The Landlord rewarding the first person to enter each pub with a free drink.

Once the ball has been 'allied' at the beck it is then returned to the village green, where it must be passed through the bullring three more times, for someone to be declared the exhausted winner.

The adrenaline runs high throughout the match, with plenty of choice language and the odd scuffle breaking out.

Sedgefield is on my doorstep and this if the first time that I have ever been to the ball game, one thing is for certain. I will be returning very soon for a great day out with a difference, for the open minded.!

The strange thing is that, the Police just watch and the game simply governs itself, traffic simply halts as a scrum develops in front of a vehicle, but not for long as the game is fast and furious.


Technical:

Camera: Panasonic HC-X920
Microphone: Rode NTG-2
Editing Suite: Sony Vegas 13 Pro

I shot a few seconds less than an hour of footage in the 3.5 hours that the event lasted, this is my usual rough cut.

Two days later and my thighs are killing me from all the running around that I did.

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Uppies and Downies Tuesday 2013

Action from the second of Workington's mass football games in 2013. Downies won the with the ball being hailed by Adam Metcalfe.

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