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Shrovetide football compare kicks off and it looks as crazy as ever

Shrovetide football compare kicks off and it looks as crazy as ever
Teams battle for the round during the annual Shrovetide football compare in Ashbourne, Derbyshire (Picture: EPA)

It’s that time of the year again where hundreds of men accumulate to take partial in the Royal Shrovetide Football match.

It’s kind of identical to a normal football compare but there’s a lot some-more people (and mayhem).

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It fundamentally involves two teams (‘Up’ards’ and ‘Down’ards’) from conflicting ends of Ashbourne, in Derbyshire, going conduct to conduct to see who has some-more testosterone.

The aim of the diversion is to get a round into one of two goals that are positioned 3 miles detached at possibly finish of the village.

It sounds elementary adequate but when there are this many people concerned it can turn rather frantic.

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Shrovetide football compare kicks off and it looks as crazy as ever
Things have kicked off (Picture: EPA)

The compare starts on Shrove Tuesday and can last until 10pm.

If a idea is scored before 6pm, then a new round is ‘turned up’ again and a new diversion started.

If the idea is after 6pm then the diversion ends for that day and continues into the next day – famous as Ash Wednesday

The first diversion was played in the 17th Century so it’s tradition.

Shrovetide football compare kicks off and it looks as crazy as ever
Rival teams ‘Up’ards’ and ‘Down’ards’ battle for the round (Picture: Getty Images)
Shrovetide football compare kicks off and it looks as crazy as ever
They have to somehow get the round into a idea 3 miles divided (Picture: EPA)
Shrovetide football compare kicks off and it looks as crazy as ever
They do it for the excellence (Picture: Getty Images)
Shrovetide football compare kicks off and it looks as crazy as ever
Steam from the persperate of players fills the street (Picture: F Stop Press)
Shrovetide football compare kicks off and it looks as crazy as ever
William Tucker ‘turns up’ the round (Picture: fstopress)
Shrovetide football compare kicks off and it looks as crazy as ever
More chaos (Picture: fstoppress)
Shrovetide football compare kicks off and it looks as crazy as ever
They compare can conitnue until 10pm (Picture: Getty Images)
Shrovetide football compare kicks off and it looks as crazy as ever
Players scrawl for the ball, dark in among the outrageous throng (Picture: Reuters)
Shrovetide football compare kicks off and it looks as crazy as ever
Players scrawl for the round (Picture: Reuters)
Shrovetide football compare kicks off and it looks as crazy as ever
Rival teams ‘Up’ards’ and ‘Down’ards’ battle for the round (Picture: Getty Images)
Shrovetide football compare kicks off and it looks as crazy as ever
Players scrawl for the round during the annual Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football compare (Picture: Reuters)
Shrovetide football compare kicks off and it looks as crazy as ever
Players during the annual Royal Shrovetide football compare (Picture: PA)
Shrovetide football compare kicks off and it looks as crazy as ever
It’s getting really rival (Picture: PA)
Shrovetide football compare kicks off and it looks as crazy as ever
Players hasten for the round (Picture: Reuters)

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