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>Royal Shrovetide Football - Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

Here are some photos taken by our editor Todd O'Neill when he took part in the 2002 Royal Shrovetide Football event in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, UK.

Note from Todd: "Sorry for the unusual angle on some of these photos but since I'm a little guy I had to hold the camera over the top of my head and point it in the general vicinity of the action. I wouldn't recommend taking a camera into that sort of environment unless you expect it to be crushed beyond the point of recognition."

Photos of Royal Shrovetide football from a players perspective
12:30 p.m. in Ashbourne
12:35 p.m. Shops are boarded up
12:40 p.m. Grogans Pub with some Down'ards
1:45 p.m. walk to Shaw Croft Car park for the start
1:55 p.m. The Town Mayor arrives
2:00 p.m. the ball is 'Turned up'
Down'ards head towards Clifton
Extreme pushing
Close to the action
Ground zero
Obstacles: the vehicles and buildings...
Obstacle: the walls, trees, rivers...
Special thanks to those at Olympus Camera. Our C-100 digital camera survived yet another damn good hammering . Cheers.