Tradition upheld in Alnwick

Cousins Harry Brown and Ali Miller celebrate getting the ball across the River Aln after the annual Shrovetide football match in the Pastures by Alnwick Castle.

Wednesday, 1st March 2017, 13:48 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:02 am
Cousins Harry Brown and Ali Miller celebrate getting the ball across the river Aln after the annual Shrove Tuesday football match in the pastures by Alnwick Castle. Picture by Jane Coltman

The historic game has been played in the town since 1762 between the parishes of St Michael and St Paul. The Duke of Northumberland threw the match ball from the castle Barbican before the players and spectators marched to the Pastures to get the action under way.

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Bragging rights this year went to St Michael’s, who won 1-0.