THE Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football Committee has issued a plea to Shrovetide players and followers to respect the marshals during next week’s game.
The committee has been putting the finishing touches to its strategy for ensuring the game’s safety this year, which relies more heavily than ever on its loyal network of volunteer marshals, without which Shrovetide could not take place.
Committee secretary Mick Betteridge said: “Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football Committee are looking forward to what they hope will be a successful and enjoyable two days on the 4th and 5th March.
“The last few years have witnessed good support for Shrovetide Marshals. They help the police, players and the supporters to enjoy the ‘old game’.
“It is the wish of the Committee that everyone will listen to, and abide by their advice.
“Without the Marshals the games could not take place. It is in everyone’s best interest to wholeheartedly support them.”
Mr Betteridge has also re-iterated the official ‘rules’ issued last week.
• No play in the church yard, cemetery, memorial gardens or other places of worship.
• No play in the new St Oswald’s hospital.
• No conveying of the ball by any vehicle.
• No building sites are to be entered in any part of the town.
• No hiding the ball, so it is out of play.
• Respect other people’s property.
• No dummy balls.
Players, Supporters, spectators and public-safety measures.
• Abide by the advice of police and marshals.
• Park vehicles safely and away from regular areas of play.
• Parents with children are to be responsible for their safety - especially those with pushchairs.
• Player’s are to ‘back –off’ when the ‘hug’ collapses. This is most important and avoids ‘crush’ injuries.