The origins of Shrovetide football date back to 1667. Every year over Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday in the town of Ashbourne in Derbyshire 2 teams, the Up’Ards and Down’Ards battle to move the ball to the goals at each end of the town. The rules are clear –
- Committing murder or manslaughter is prohibited. Unnecessary violence is frowned upon.
- The ball may not be carried in a motorised vehicle.
- The ball may not be hidden in a bag, coat or rucksack, etc.
- Cemeteries, churchyards and the town memorial gardens are strictly out of bounds.
- Playing after 10 pm is forbidden.
- To score a goal the ball must be tapped 3 times in the area of the goal.