Shaw Croft Car Park
Shrove Tuesday and day one of the Royal Ashbourne
Shrovetide Football game. Today was cloudy but dry
– and no rain! Ashbourne Shrovetide is held over
two days - Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday - and
the game has been played for over a hundred years.
In fact the roll of honour goes back to 1891.
ball was turned up slightly early at just before
Spencer. The ball then remained within the vicinity
of the Shaw Croft car park and the yard’s at the
back of St John Street for over an hour before
heading off down Compton to the bottom of Derby Hill.
ball was then taken across fields to Clifton Road
(the majority of followers walking up Old Derby
Hill and then following fields to across to the Clifton
Road). The hug took very little time to reach the
fields near the Clifton Goal. At 4.37pm the ball
was goaled at Clifton by Down’ard Steve Bloor.
1 Up’ards 0.
ball was carried back to Ashbourne and the Green
Man Hotel to register the goal. A second
ball was turned
up by Hubert Connell at 5.45pm. No
further goals were scored before 10.00pm on the first
Ash Wednesday the ball was turned up by Sean
Griffin and at the age of 88 he is thought
one of the oldest to start the game. The days play
remained in the town for a time before heading off
across the fields towards Sturston Mill. The up'ards
scored at 7.23pm with Robyn Wright goaling the ball.
final score for this year was Down'ards 1 Up'ards