Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide 2011
PUBLISHED: 13:17 26 April 2011 | UPDATED: 19:15 20 February 2013
Pictures from the 2011 Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide
For the first time since 1938 four goals were scored over the two days in what proved to be one of the most memorable matches in recent years. At the end of the day honours were even and the Upards and Downards shared the win.
On the Tuesday, following the traditional pre-game lunch for VIPs and special guests, retired solicitor Jim Boden took up his place on the plinth at Shaw Croft to turn up the ball. It was just before the 5 oclock cut-off when Downards player Adrian Webb goaled the ball at Clifton but the day wasnt to end there. Following a re-start by Ernie Grant, Upards player Richard Goodall evened the score.
With everything to play for on the Wednesday, Kniveton farmer Frank Lomas (a previous scorer in the game) started the days play. The Downards again scored first with Simon Betteridge goaling the ball at around 3.30pm. Jim Breeze turned up the ball to restart the game and it wasnt until close to the end of play that Simon"Fisher goaled the ball at Sturston for the Upards.