ASHBOURNE Royal Shrovetide Football will return to its ‘spiritual home’ at the Green Man this year.
The Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Committee has announced that ratification of any goaled balls will take place at the Green Man Royal Hotel this year.
The building’s new owner, Colin Wright says he is keen for the historic venue to be a part of the game once again, after it was forced to move away to the town hall last year.
During talks with Mr Wright, who is currently transforming the former pub and hotel into a shopping and dining centerpiece, the game’s committee members agreed to move the official procedure to confirm a goal back the St John Street Venue’s cramped courtyard.
Mr Wright, who will be having the function room at the top of the stone staircase cleared out for the committee to use, said: “This is something we’ve always wanted to do, to get Shrovetide back to the Green Man, and this is basically our first opportunity to do that.
“It’s not ready yet, there’s still a lot of work going on, but obviously we’re all keen to get the game back to its spiritual home.”
In years past, the Green Man has been the home of Shrovetide from the beginning to the end, with the pre-game luncheon being held in the function room and the jubilant goal-scorer being bundled into the former Boswell Bar, which is now a fashion clothing store.
The Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Committee has announced this year’s official rules of the game this week, which are on page 2.