Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Bizarre contact sports

As I'm sure you are more than aware
yesterday was Shrove Tuesday
Which to people in the Midlands means
so much more than just lots and
lots of pancakes


It's time for Shrovetide

Royal Shrovetide Football
takes place every year on Shrove Tuesday
and Ash Wednesday in Ashbourne, Derbyshire
Although the exact origins of the game are
unknown, it is thought that it was played
as far back as the 12th Century

It's been referred to as 'Royal' since 1928
when the then Prince of Wales
[later King Edward VIII]
came to join in the game

In keeping with it's Royal title
the 2003 game was begun by Prince Charles

The game is divided up in to two teams
Up'Ards and Down'Ards

The Rules:
NO murder/manslaughter or unnecessary violence
NO carrying ball via a motorised vehicle
NO hiding of ball in bag/coat/rucksack
NO playing in town cemeteries/churchyard/memorial gardens
NO playing after 10pm
and finally
To score a goal the ball must be tapped
three times within the goal area

So if you're in the area next year...
Get stuck in

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