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Blog: Shrovetide, dumb Decisions and the discovery of ladness

Fun fact, to start with, I have the mental backbone of a noodle soaked in magma. I can adamantly think over an action for several...
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Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide 2020: RECAP all the action and reaction from the event

Yes, it was that time of year again - the annual Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide football match has once more come and gone. Every year, the...
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The story behind the last-minute Down’ards goal at Shrovetide 2020

There was a dramatic conclusion to this year’s annual Shrovetide event – as the Down’ards snatched a last-minute equaliser to deny the Up’ards a...
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Why FIFA were inspired by Ashbourne’s Shrovetide football game

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) on the face of it has very little to do with Ashbourne, the Derbyshire market town more...
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Royal Ashbourne Shrovetide: What to expect on Ash Wednesday

After six hours of hectic stop-start play on Shrove Tuesday, Tom Leighton scored the first goal of Shrovetide 2020 for the Up’ards at Sturston...
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This is the moment Tom Leighton became a Shrovetide legend

As darkness descended on day one of this year’s annual Shrovetide, a hero emerged and etched his name in the competition’s folklore. Tom Leighton, from...
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Here’s what happened on day one of Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide

By Shannon Mcloughlan & Ollie King Hundreds of players, extremely muddy and waterlogged surfaces and an six-hour half - the first day of Ashbourne's annual...
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Five key moments from day one of Shrovetide 2020

It's been an action-packed first day of this year's Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide - with thousands of people descending on the town to get involved. Every...
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12 great photos from day one of Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide 2020

It's been an action-packed day one of Shrovetide in Ashbourne - and these great photos sum up the event perfectly. Our reporters have been out...
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Watch the incredible moment Ashbourne Shrovetide got underway

This is the incredible moment that thousands of people scrambled for the first touch of the ball in this year's Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide game. At...

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