• Short Summary

    THE BRITISH - WHO INVENTED MOST OF THE WORLD'S POPULAR SPORTS, LIKE GOLF, SOCCER, RUGBY, CRICKET AND SKIING - ALSO PLAY A GAME THAT A FEW PEOPLE OUTSIDE BRITAIN (OR INSIDE IT, FOR THAT MATTER) KNOW ABOUT.

  • Description

    THE BRITISH - WHO INVENTED MOST OF THE WORLD'S POPULAR SPORTS, LIKE GOLF, SOCCER, RUGBY, CRICKET AND SKIING - ALSO PLAY A GAME THAT A FEW PEOPLE OUTSIDE BRITAIN (OR INSIDE IT, FOR THAT MATTER) KNOW ABOUT. IT'S THE "WALL GAME" - A TYPE OF FOOTBALL PLAYED EXCLUSIVELY BY THE PUPILS OF THE FAMOUS SCHOOL OF ETON, FOUNDED IN 1440.

    ALTHOUGH THE GAME IS PLAYED "AMICABLY" DURING THE YEAR, IT IS ON ST. ANDREW'S DAY (NOVEMBER 30TH) THAT THE BIG MATCH IS PLAYED. THE TWO TEAMS PARTICIPATING ARE THE "COLLEGERS" OR SCHOLARS, WHO LIVE IN AT THE SCHOOL, AND THE "OPPIDANS", WHO LIVE IN THE TOWN.

    THE GAME STARTS WITH ALL PLAYERS LEANING AGAINST THE WALL IN A SCRUM, THE BALL IS ROLLED IN UNDER THEIR FEET AND THE PUSH IS ON. THE IDEA IS TO PUSH THE BALL ALONG THE WALL UNTIL ONE OF THE TEAMS CAN MAKE IT REACH A CHALK MARK ON THE WALL - THIS IS KNOWN AS A "SHY" AND COUNTS FOR ONE POINT. IF THEN ONE OF THE PLAYERS CAN LIFT THE BALL FROM THE GROUND WITH HIS BOOT AND MAKE IT TOUCH THE SHY, HE IS ENTITLED TO TRY FOR A GOAL. A GOAL IS ONE OF TWO SPOTS AS UNLIKELY AS THE REST OF THE GAME: A DOOR IN THE WALL OR A TREE AT THE OPPOSITE END. AS CAN BE IMAGINED, HITTING EIGHER OF THESE "GOALS" IS VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE AND A GOAL HAS NOT BEEN SCORED SINCE ..... 1909.

    ALTHOUGH MATCHES CAN BE WON ON "SHIES", MOST END AS A DRAW - TODAY'S WAS NO EXCEPTION!

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAA36LBA35JZ3SKY3AT1UKKR9UN
    Media URN:
    VLVAA36LBA35JZ3SKY3AT1UKKR9UN
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/11/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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