Medieval British Football

According to later legend Celtic Britons played the Romans at a game of Football in Derbyshire on Shrove Tuesday AD 217 after a battle. These games of Football had no formal rules, or numbers per side and are also known as Medieval or Mob Football with the objective usually to get theball back to a base at either your own teams end or the opposing teams. Variations on the theme include Uppies & Downies (those living up the hill versus those living down the hill) and Town versus Country. These sports are also known in Continental Europe. In Britain these days they are mainly played in the Celtic fringes of England and Scotland: Cornish Hurling in Cornwall, Manx Cammag in the Isle of Man, Orkney Ba Game in the Orkney Islands, Shaking the Hales in Northumberland, Uppies & Downies in Cumbria, and the Shrovetide Game in Derbyshire. Other games include Eton Fives, a version of Handball first played in the Meddle Ages by Peasants against the Church Walls at Eton College, with a handrail providing an obstacle down one side.

Medieval British Football & Hurling

Manx Cammag; Cornish Hurling; Cumbrian Uppies & Downies;

Manx Cammag

Manx Cammag North v South on St. Stephen’s Day 2015-Present

Cornish Hurling (Hurling the Silver Ball):

Cornish Hurling Town v Country Shrove Tuesday at St. Columb 1950-2005

Cornish Hurling Town v Country Second Saturday After Shrove Tuesday 1950-2005

Shrovetide Football

Ashbourne Shrovetide Football 217 AD-Present

Alnwick Shrove Tuesday Football (Northumberland Medieval Football)

Uppies & Downies

Kirkwall Ba’ Game (Orkney Uppies and Doonies)

Workington Uppies & Downies (Cumbrian Medieval Football)

Medieval Football Teams

Medieval Football Teams

Picture Credit: [4] BBC (2015) There are few rulesto the gameand teams do not wear matching strips [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 25 October 2015]