All images and video footage was taken by me on 20th February 2007. 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.
Things to look out for... 3.45 The white ball flying about is NOT the actual ball, but funny to see it. 4.27 The guy falling over the wall,see his legs 5.14 The metal fence being crushed, near fire station.
The final part of my video is around 5.50pm in Sainsburys loading bay. A goal was scored at 8.45pm on this day.