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English town gets rowdy in violent football tradition

United Kingdom, Ashbourne
February 26, 2020 at 12:35 GMT +00:00 · Published

Residents of the town of Ashbourne in Derbyshire convened to compete in their annual Shrovetide football match on Tuesday. Attracting even a few outsiders to the festivities, warring groups known as "upards" and "downards" clash to see which side can get a large ball made from leather and cork to their end of the town first.

Should a side reach their end of town first, they touch the ball to a large mill stone and are crowned winners of the two-day event, taking place on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday each year.

"I think anyone from outside probably thinks it's a bit crazy, really," said a local shopkeeper who was busy boarding up the windows of his shop and shutting down for the next two days.

The annual tradition dates back to 1667 and is as savage now as it likely was then.

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Residents of the town of Ashbourne in Derbyshire convened to compete in their annual Shrovetide football match on Tuesday. Attracting even a few outsiders to the festivities, warring groups known as "upards" and "downards" clash to see which side can get a large ball made from leather and cork to their end of the town first.

Should a side reach their end of town first, they touch the ball to a large mill stone and are crowned winners of the two-day event, taking place on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday each year.

"I think anyone from outside probably thinks it's a bit crazy, really," said a local shopkeeper who was busy boarding up the windows of his shop and shutting down for the next two days.

The annual tradition dates back to 1667 and is as savage now as it likely was then.

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