Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide 2022 full recap as Up’ards win 3-1

Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide 2022 recap from day one and day two as Up'ards win 3-1 against Down'ards

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Pictured is Mark Maznenko, the first Up'ards goal scorer of day two. Photo: Bethany Harrison.

The Up’ards have won this year’s annual Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide football match with a 3-1 victory over the Down’ards after two days of play.

Every year, the two-day event sees the two teams compete against each other in an intense ball game which takes place across Ashbourne.

Proceedings commenced on both Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday at 2pm, following the turn-up of the ball from Shaw Croft car park. A 1-1 conclusion to the first day’s play set up an interesting start to day two but it was the Up’ards who ultimately emerged victorious.

The event was cancelled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic but, after the game’s committee confirmed it would go ahead this year, thousands descended on Ashbourne on Tuesday on Wednesday to watch and take part.

It was just after 5.30pm on Tuesday when the Up’ards first goaled the ball – with our reporting team there to capture the celebrations afterwards. The Down’ards levelled up, however, in the last hour of the day’s proceedings.

Almost 24 hours later, shortly after 4.30pm, the Up’ards took the lead once more after the ball was taken by a runner up to Sturston. The second goal of the day from the Up’ards came shortly before 8pm.

We have been providing updates and reaction from both days of the event – you can check out our coverage below:

8.55pm: That marks the end of our live coverage

With that final goal, our live coverage for this year’s Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide 2022 comes to an end.

Many congratulations to the Up’ards on their 3-1 victory – it’s been an exciting year and we look forward to seeing you in 2023!

8.35pm: We couldn’t agree more!

The verdict from one of our Specialist Sports Journalism students…

8.25pm: StoryHub gives its take on the day

If you’ve been following our reporting team, you’ll know we’ve been covering this year’s event intensely. Here’s our verdict…

8.05pm: A good verdict from our friends at the Ashbourne News Telegraph

The culmination of two days of play summed up nicely:


We’ve been waiting for a while but it looks like there’s been a goal at Sturston – updates to follow!

7.20pm: No sign of the ball at the moment…

While it’s not clear what is happening with the ball at the moment, we saw plenty of the ball earlier. Let’s recap some great play from day two:


In an historic moment, the ball is turned up again for the third time – and play gets back under way!

6.45pm: Wow, back to the car park for a third turn-up!

Now this is something you don’t see every Shrovetide…

6.30pm: Night falls on Ashbourne as play continues

Our reporting team are still out there, working hard!

5.55pm: Let’s see that turn-up again – in slow motion!

Fantastic footage from our journalism lecturer Alex Canner here:


Here we go again…

5.40pm: The second person to turn-up the ball today arrives at Shaw Croft car park

Our reporting team is at the ready for play to commence once more:

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The second person to turn up the ball at Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide. Photo: Bethany Harrison.

5.35pm: And into the Green Man they go!

Here are the latest videos from our reporting team:

5.25pm: Here is your Up’ards goalscorer

This photo by our reporter Bethany Harrison shows the man of the hour, Mark Maznenko.

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Pictured is Mark Maznenko, the Up’ards goal scorer. Photo: Bethany Harrison.

5.20pm: Up’ards make their way back into town

It won’t be long now before they reach the Green Man.

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The Up’ards make their way back into town. Photo: Bethany Harrison.

5.15pm: Everyone awaits the Up’ard goal scorer

Crowds are gathering outside the Green Man.

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People gathered outside the Green Man. Photo: Alfie Dickin.

4.55pm: Here’s the latest from our reporting team on that goal


And it sounds like the ball has been goaled once more – more details to follow!

4.40pm: Ball on its way to Sturston

The Up’ards may have the advantage here…

4.25pm: And the ball ends up in water once more!

Great footage here from our reporter Bethany Harrison:

4.20pm: Another break in the game as the players are kept busy

Our reporting team keep you posted with the latest:

4pm: Footage of that sudden break as the ball is released

People are making their way through hedges to ensure they don’t miss out on the action:

3.55pm: Good news – the ball is back out again!

There’s been a sudden break and everyone is on the move once more…

3.45pm: The ball is now stuck in the culvert

So the players are just waiting for it to emerge…

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The players waiting by the culvert. Photo: Kyle Curran
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It has been a long day for many who have been participating in Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide. Photo: Martha Whitley.

3.40pm: Well done catching that crowdsurfer!

There’s a lot of trust involved in Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide…

3.35pm: A close tussle over the ball

Players get close and personal as they attempt to keep the ball moving:

3.15pm: This woman must have one of the best seats in the house!

While everyone else is scrambling, she gets a great view…

3pm: The ball keeps being spotted now and again

So far, we’ve been in the trees, up the wall and in the car park – but not the river yet!

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A close up of the ball in action at Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide. Photo: Kathrin Dick

2.45pm: Our student journalists in the thick of the coverage

Some great footage being captured by our reporting team of the ball in action

2.30pm: Do the Up’ards or the Down’ards have it at the moment?

Early indications suggest the Down’ards may be in charge at the moment but it is very early days.

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A glimpse of the ball as play continues at Ashbourne. Photo: Jolyon Wright.

2.18pm: A brief glimpse of the ball after turn-up

Play is well and truly under way and this may well be one of the few times we get to see the ball today:

2.08pm: The second day of play begins!

2.05pm: The turn-up is imminent

There are hundreds of people gathered around the plinth in Shaw Croft car park right now:

1.55pm: ‘The game’s the thing, not the people watching it – and it’s absolutely brilliant’

Our student journalist Elliot Steadman has been speaking to Ashbourne town councillor Rob Pugh about why he loves the event so much.

1.50pm: It’s nearly time to go!

People are streaming into Shaw Croft car park now for the turn-up of the ball.

1.45pm: The crowds are beginning to gather

It’s only 15 minutes to go until the turn-up of the ball – which will mark the second day of play in Ashbourne.

1.25pm: People starting to turn out in the rain for the turn-up

And some participants have a very long-standing history with the event…

1.00pm: An hour to go before play gets under way

It doesn’t look like the weather will be as good as yesterday but the game will always persevere – come rain and shine…

12.40pm: Our student journalists are raring to go!

As our reporting team makes its way to Ashbourne, here’s a brief insight into how they are feeling…

12.20pm: The calm before the storm in Ashbourne – ahead of today’s play

Good afternoon and welcome to our live updates from day two of Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide 2022!

Our reporting team will once again be in Ashbourne to bring you all the latest news and updates.

For now, though, all seems pretty calm…

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The calm in Shaw Croft car park before the storm that will be the play on day two of Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide 2022. Photo: Victoria Vieira.
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The forecast suggests we can expect rain on the second day of play. Photo: Bethany Harrison.



11.25pm: That marks the end of our live coverage for day one

With that final goal, our live coverage for the first day of Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide 2022 comes to an end. We’ll be back tomorrow with more updates, reaction and coverage from day two!

11.10pm: Footage of the Down’ards goalscoring hero

This clip from Daniel Ross shows just what it means to everyone in Ashbourne when their team scores:


Yes, it has been confirmed by our friends at Derbyshire Live!

9.37pm: Has there been a Down’ards goal?

This is what we are hearing on Twitter…

9.30pm: Could there be a last-minute development?

There’s nothing like late drama at Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide!

8.45pm: If you’re just joining us, here a full recap on the day so far

Here’s what been happening during day one of Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide 2022:

  • Thousands of people have descended on Ashbourne for the town’s annual football event
  • It was more than three hours before the first goal was scored by James Lyon for the Up’ards
  • The ball was turned up for a second time after the ball was goaled before 6pm. Play will continue tonight until 10pm – unless there is another goal.
  • Here are some of our photos from earlier today:
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Pictured is the plinth, complete with waving flags, ahead of the turning up of the ball. Photo: Victoria Vieira (Uni-Comms).
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Empty streets as play continues elsewhere in Ashbourne. Photo: Luca Sempers.
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Players look on as the ball finds its way to the river. Photo: Alfie Dickin.
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Players doing anything to get a view of the ball. Photo: Cayden Sands

8.15pm: Plenty of our students’ coverage in this video montage

We’re still waiting for the latest news on the ball but, while we wait, we thought we’d share this great post.

As you know, our student journalists have been hard at work covering Shrovetide today and we’re delighted that many of their clips have been used in this Facebook post from Derbyshire Live!

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This is a screengrab of the post on Derbyshire Live’s Facebook page. Watch the footage here:

7.45pm: Our Twitter recap of the day so far

There is still lots of speculation about what has happened to the ball so, while we wait for news, here is a recap of the day – courtesy of our student journalists:

7.25pm: A moment of reflection while we await news on the ball

It seems like the ball is lost once more so, while we listen out for the latest updates, here is a nice reflection from a couple of journalism lecturers:

7.00pm: Second turn-up not happened in a long time

It is an historic moment…

6.50pm: The game is under way again!

The ball has been turned up for a second time and play gets under way again – see footage from our reporting team:

6.28pm: Goal verified at the Green Man pub

As the goal is verified ahead of the second turn-up of the day, here is footage of the Up’ards goalscorer James Lyon carrying the ball – and many people carrying him!

6.00pm: Back to Shaw Croft car park

Because the ball was goaled before the 6pm deadline, it means the ball will turned up for the second time today.

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The sun sets over the Shaw Croft car park as we await the return of the ball. Photo: Alex Ward.


See below a photo of the crowd and a video of the cheering – from our students Louisa Hutton and Martha Whitley – as the ball was goaled by the Up’ards.

5.20pm: A summary of the day so far, in photos

Play has been ongoing for over three hours now and it’s been pretty busy – but there is still no sign of a goal yet.

Here are a selection of photos which sum up the day so far:

5.15pm: In the river…and out again

It seems the ball hasn’t advanced too much lately…

4.55pm: While we wait for news of the ball…

As we wait to hear from our reporting team about the latest from the game, here are a few pictures of what it was like in Ashbourne before proceedings got under way.

As this images from Rosie Jones show, it was definitely the calm before the storm – and the players could not have asked for better weather!

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Shops were boarded up ready for the big event. Photo: Rosie Jones.
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All was quiet around the plinth before the start of the match. Photo: Rosie Jones.

4.35pm: A sudden burst of action!

What could this mean? No doubt all will become clear soon…

4.25pm: What’s the latest on the ball?

We’ve had this update and short video sent over from our reporting team:

4.15pm: ‘Shrovetide was quite the experience’

Here are the thoughts of one of our student journalists following the first two hours of Shrovetide action:

4.10pm: The latest on the whereabouts of the ball

Here’s what our reporting team at the scene have told us:

4.05pm: This video shows what it is like to be in the middle of the action

All eyes are on the ball, as this video by Charlie Harvey shows:

4.00pm: In case you missed it earlier

For those of you just joining us, here is the turn-up of the ball:

3.40pm: Elsewhere in Ashbourne…

So this is a bit different – a new tradition perhaps?

3.25pm: Crowds are gathered around the rugby pitch

This photo from Cayden Sands gives you a sense of just how many people are there.

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A crowd looks on as play continues at Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide. Photo: Cayden Sands.

3.15pm: Nobody wants to be left behind as the ball heads to the rugby pitch

So far, it has been in a garden, around a wall and into the river – it’s been a busy first hour of play!

3.05pm: Play seems to be focused around the river

There are definitely a lot of players getting very wet at the moment…

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Players are scrambling in trees and around the river to get a glimpse of the ball. Photo: George Parr.

2.55pm: An update from our reporting team

Nearly a full hour of play has gone by – and here’s the latest…

2.40pm: Our photos as play gets full under way

Our student journalism team is out in full force today getting all the photos, videos and reaction from today’s event:

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Crowds searching for the ball. Photo: Taylor Toney-Green
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The lifting of the ball at the start of the game. Photo: Alexander Hill
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The marshalls out in full force in Ashbourne. Photo: Taylor Toney-Green

2.30pm: Crowds looking everywhere for the ball

Is it in a garden? Where is it? That’s what this afternoon is all about!


Proceedings are finally under way:

2.00pm: Our students are ready for the turn-up

It won’t be long now before the game gets under way…

13.55pm: Crowds are gathering in Shaw Croft car park

There are plenty of people gathered by the plinth for the start of the event.

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Crowds are gathered near the plinth. Photo: Jacob Jones
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Thousands of people are expected in Ashbourne today. Photo: Cayden Sands.

13.20pm: Not long now until proceedings begin

The turn-up of the ball to start this year’s Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide event will take place at 2pm – so not long now to wait.

Remember, you can tweet us @StoryHubDerby to join in the conversation and to share your thoughts, questions and queries about today’s proceedings!

12.50pm: The reporting team is at the ready!

It’s going to be a long day but our student journalists are looking forward to providing you with plenty of updates and reaction from Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide today.

12:25pm: Our student journalists are on their way to Ashbourne

It won’t be long now before the first updates from our team of reporters begin to come through…

11:55am: Hello – and welcome to our live updates service!

Hello and welcome to our live updates on day one of Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide.

We will be providing all the reaction and action throughout the day, so make sure you are following us.

Don’t forget to tweet us @StoryHubDerby with your thoughts, questions and queries!

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Remember these types of scenes? This was the crowd gathered in the Shaw Croft car park for the start of Shrovetide 2020. Photo: Dave Layzell