Tag Archives: Shrovetide football

March 8, 1918

News of Shrovetide Football being played by soldiers serving in France had reached the offices of the Ashbourne Telegraph, via a resident who had received a letter from a friend in the army. “On Shrove Tuesday we kept up the … Continue reading

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February 15, 1918

One story dominated the pages of the Ashbourne Telegraph in mid-February, 1918, as it had done in previous years and would a century more – Shrovetide Football. The writer reporting on the game – which ended Upwards 1 Downwards 1, … Continue reading

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January 25, 1918

A soldier who had decided to ‘wait a day or two’ before taking leave to return home was killed when an exploding trench mortar buried him and another man. Sergeant F Moorcroft, who was just 22, was one of two … Continue reading

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February 23, 1917

Food, or rather the shortage of it, was a recurring theme in the columns of the Ashbourne Telegraph in early 1917, reflecting the national picture which had seen the Government appoint a Food Controller. Lord Devonport, officially the Minister of … Continue reading

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February 2, 1917

  The gallantry of the Sherwood Foresters’ territorials was saluted in the front page editorial column – with praise from a British Army General. The cruel jibes of ‘playing soldiers’ which some used to taunt the ‘Terriers’ in the early … Continue reading

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March 17 1916

A letter from Private J Robinson to the Ashbourne Telegraph revealed that ‘the old game’ of Shrovetide Football had been played in France by soldiers originating from the town. “The ball which was kindly sent out by the Ashbourne people … Continue reading

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March 10, 1916

The Ashbourne Telegraph dated March 10, 1916, reported that for the second year Shrovetide Football had been played ‘under the shadow of the great war’. Two large photographs illustrated the page, which carried the multi-deck headlines: Ye Ancient Game, Vigorous … Continue reading

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March 3, 1916

Many Ashbourne soldiers had been killed in action, but there was a fatality closer to home this week in 1916. Sapper James Owen Jones of the Royal Engineers, a patient at the Red Cross Hospital in the town, died. The … Continue reading

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February 19, 1915

Fear of invasion by German forces had prompted the urgent formation of a Home Guard and bolstered calls for more urgent recruitment of men to the armed services. Page 3 of the Ashbourne Telegraph was unusually dominated by an illustration … Continue reading

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