This is a photostory I shot back in February which now features in the June issue of Men’s Health.
The Shrovetide football match has been taking place in Ashbourne, Derbyshire since atleast 1667.
The two teams from each side of the river in the town are the “Up’Ards” the “Down’Ards”.
It’s a frenetic game played in good spirit and encapsulates what the English do best:
Ball games , Beer, and a bit of blood.