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Ashbourne Shrovetide Football 2012, Tuesday 21st February - Part 1. Footy Madness!

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Uploaded on Feb 21, 2012

Go straight to the Ball throwing - http://youtu.be/qzpNPfB3pnU?hd=1&t=1m54s

This absolutely mad game of football with hundreds of players and goals 3 miles apart took place today. Hope you like my video.

Feel free to embed or link to this video from Facebook,Twitter, Blogs and forums.

This is part 1 of 4. I thought it would be better in smaller chunks that one massive long video.
Tuesdays game ended when the Up'ards scored a goal at Sturston at 9:12pm

Please watch in Fullscreen mode for best quality, I have captured and rendered this footage at 1080p so if you have a fast PC/Internet connection or WebTV then always watch at 1080p or 720p.

Did YOU manage to touch the ball this year?

For more details of the 2012 game :
http://derbyphotoscouk.blogspot.com/2...

If you can spot yourself in my video, leave a comment with the timecode where you spotted yourself.

All images and video footage was taken by me on 21st February 2012.

Ashbourne Football is one of the Oldest Shrovetide football games in England.
It was first recorded in 1682

The Game is played annually on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday, and consists of two teams, one from anyone born to the North of the River Henmore, and one from people born South of the river, these are known as Up'ards and Down'ards.

The Goals are on the sites of Old mills, one at Clifton and one at Sturston, these are three miles apart.
A goal is scored by a player striking the mill wheel three times with the Ball.
The ball may be kicked, carried or thrown, but generally proceeds in a series of 'hugs' invisible to the spectator. The game can last for many hours, finishing well after dark.

The game starts at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, when a specially prepared ball - larger than a football and filled with cork which weighs around 4lbs is thrown in by a visiting guest of honor.

My video should hopefully give you an idea of what its like.

If you can spot yourself in my video, Please leave a comment.

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If you liked my 2012 footage of Ashbourne Shrovetide Football then you may like my 2007 footage...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhIGPr...

For photographs of the 2008 game, see my website :
http://www.derbyphotos.co.uk/events/2...

For photographs of the 2007 game, see my website :
http://www.derbyphotos.co.uk/events/2...

For photographs of the 2006 game, see my website :
http://www.derbyphotos.co.uk/events/2...

For photographs of the 2005 game, see my website :
http://www.derbyphotos.co.uk/events/2...

For photographs of the 2004 game, see my website :
http://www.derbyphotos.co.uk/events/2...

For photographs of the 2002 game, see my website :
http://www.derbyphotos.co.uk/special/...

Thanks
Andy

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My Blog :
http://derbyphotoscouk.blogspot.com

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