No Referee and Few Rules in Shrovetide Football


"Wild in the Streets" is a documentary written by Peter Baxter and Jay Nelson. The film is about an ancient game that is the lifeblood of an English market town and the origin of football and rugby.

Toward the end of winter on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday the people of Ashbourne gather in the center of their town to renew the longest running sports rivalry on earth. The game is called Shrovetide Football and originates from two medieval communities living opposite side the river Henmore. Each team consists of hundreds if not thousands of people. The field of play . . .the town itself.


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