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FOOTBALL AFTER THE ORIGINAL STYLE 'PLAYED' AT ASHBOURNE ON SHROVE TUESDAY

FOOTBALL AFTER THE ORIGINAL STYLE 'PLAYED' AT ASHBOURNE ON SHROVE TUESDAY

It was only about 1830 that "playing at football" on Shrove Tuesday died out. The people of Ashbourne in Derbyshire still play it. The goals are about three miles apart, the sides are unlimited and there are no rules. One writer in 1531 described "Footeball" as "nothyng but beastely fury... whereof proceedeth hurte and consequently rancour." In Stubbes' "Anatomy of Abuses" (1583) it is called "a develishe pastime." From about 1830-60 organized football evolved in the public schools and then grew into popular favour.

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