The Alnwick Shrovetide Football Match
The Alnwick Shrovetide Football Match is a big annual football match played between locals in a large meadow known as ‘The Pastures’ below Alnwick Castle, Northumberland.
The football match originated as a contest through the streets of Alnwick, first recorded in 1762, but was banned in 1861 as a result of the large scale damage that was being done to property in the centre of the town during the game.
To allow the 1862 game to go ahead, the Duke of Northumberland was approached to provide an alternative location away from the town, and he offered use of the Pastures as well as a prize of five sovereigns for the winning side.
The game continues, in the same location and much in its original form to this day.
No posters from the original match exist and so this is an imagining of what one would have looked like.
This poster is a completely original design based on contemporary branding, public notices of the time and the information we have available.
The poster is designed by me 100% from scratch in high resolution, none of it has been cut and pasted from elsewhere which would compromise it’s quality.
It is A2 in size and printed locally (in Northumberland) on high quality satin paper.
Every penny of the profits made from these posters will go to my Great North Run fundraising in aid of Teardrop, a support group for families who have experienced the death of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death.
Postage is £3.95 standard delivery to the UK and £7.95 outside the UK. Collection is free – once you’ve placed your order, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can arrange a time to collect.