Could you imagine playing football for two eight hour periods on a “field” where the goals are three miles apart? If you want to play royal shrovetide football in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, this is something you can expect. The game is played against the North and South sides of the town and the goal is to push your opponent all the way to your end zone. This game is played twice a year on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday.
A game with this many players does have rules and regulations and the ball is held to a certain standard. According to the official Shrovetide of Ashbourne the ball is made of a cork ball wrapped in leather. Hand painted before the game and can be re-painted after the game on request.
Shrovetide Official Website – http://www.shrovetide.net
Photo – laurapage.co.uk