Shrovetide: Ashbourne board up their windows once again for the traditional game

The Good Newsroom


To most, Shrove Tuesday means a day of pancakes. But for some, the day marks an important traditional event where a town in the heart of Derbyshire board up their shops, their windows and move their cars: it is Shrovetide.

Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football is an annual game loosely based on football however it is played over two eight hour periods, on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. The game dates back hundreds of years but was recorded only from the 1890’s. It was thought the game was even played through both World Wars.

Each year the event draws hundreds of people from the local area to support and follow their side.

2014 saw Up’ards win for the first time in six years, the previous three matches ending in a draw.

Megan Lees, Up’ards supporter said: “The atmosphere is amazing every year, it’s something the whole town looks forward too and…

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