Photographs of the Ashbourne Shrovetide Football game, in 2007. Ashbourne, Derbyshire, UK.
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The annual Shrovetide football game, played in Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
|This set of exclusive images were taken at this years Tuesday game, played on the 20th February 2007.
For photographs from previous Ashbourne Shrovetide Football games that I have attended, please use the following links. 2006 Photos, 2005 Photos, 2004 Photos, 2002 Photos.
For other events in Derbyshire over the years use my Derbyshire Events index.
Ashbourne is about 16 miles from Derby and is very straight forward to reach via the A52. The journey takes 20 minutes by car. If you plan to visit on one of these two days then its best not to park in the town centre otherwise you may find your car gets damaged. Also despite the fact that the game starts in Shawcroft carpark, it is not possible nor desirable to park in it on one of these days for obvious reasons!
Ashbourne in Derbyshire is host to one of the Oldest Shrovetide football games in England.
The Goals are on the sites of Old mills, one at Clifton and one at Sturston, these are three miles apart.
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. The balls used for the Shrovetide games are made by Ashbourne man John Harrison.
The balls are a work of art and take a few weeks to paint.
If the balls are goaled, then it will become the proud possession of the person who has goaled it. If no-one goals it, then the person that turned-up the ball gets to take it home.
The game starts in the Shawcroft Carpark (back of Somerfield supermarket).
Tuesdays game was turned up by the former High Sheriff of Derbyshire, Robert Shields.
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