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February 27, 2009

Mud, sweat and beers at Britain's maddest football match: Category: Soccer/Running of the Bulls/Bunol Tomato Fight

"The ball can go anywhere. Last night it went through a pub, in the front door and out the back.
"There's an honour to playing this game. People train from Christmas to get ready. It's the heritage of Derbyshire. We have to fight all the time to keep it going.
"It makes you proud to be British."

posted by bobfoot to soccer at 12:01 AM - 5 comments

It's the heritage of Derbyshire.

That, and the fine art of well dressing.

Signed

A Derbyshire Lad

posted by owlhouse at 03:03 AM on February 27

i just saw a comedian bemoaning the phenomenon of sportsmen always ranking their accomplishments second behind the birth of their children, so i especially enjoyed the guy who goaled saying "It's the best day of my life. I've got two kids and it's as good as that."

posted by setlasmon at 03:52 PM on February 27

You really need the whole of that paragraph to understand what an achievement the having of kids was for him in the first place, setlasmon:

"I can't believe it. It's the best day of my life. I've got two kids and it's as good as that," he told AFP as he processed back into town, hugging his ball.

Nice bit of video here.

posted by JJ at 07:05 AM on February 28

Last night it went through a pub, in the front door and out the back...

I wonder how long it took the participants to follow the ball out of the back door. It seems like a great excuse for a time out.

posted by Howard_T at 01:31 PM on February 28

"It's the one thing since you were a kid that you want. It's your only real ambition in Ashbourne is to score a shrovetide goal. It's a dream come true."

Given that quote...it's a wonder the guy had children at all.

Howard, I'm with you...how convenient that the ball just happened to go through a pub.

posted by dviking at 12:07 PM on March 01

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