VIDEO AND REPORT: Muddy mayhem in Alnwick’s Shrovetide football match

Veteran player Steven Temple was the hero in today’s Shrovetide football match in Alnwick, scoring two hales to win the brutal clash for St Paul’s parish.

The 41-year-old opened the scoring early on, before St Michael’s equalised through Jamie Hume, 15.

Alnwick Shrove Tuesday football match 2014.'A near miss at the hale.

Alnwick Shrove Tuesday football match 2014.'A near miss at the hale.

With the contest locked at 1-1, Temple popped up to slot home and secure local bragging rights for his parish.

His two-hale heroics added to his Shrovetide goal tally, which is into double figures.

In what was a good afternoon for the family, his 20-year-old cousin Ali Miller managed to secure the ball from the River Aln after the game.

The day’s proceedings started at 2pm, when the Duke of Northumberland, joined by the Duchess, threw the ball from the top of Alnwick Castle’s Barbican into the arms of Shrovetide committee chairman Tom Pickard.

Alnwick Shrove Tuesday football match 2014.

Alnwick Shrove Tuesday football match 2014.

Led by the Duke’s piper, the committee, players and onlookers then marched to the furlong-in-length matchfield at the Pastures. Battle commenced shortly after, with the usual array of high tackles and muddy mayhem.

Following the game, a number of hardy souls were each given £2 for good play, while Hume and Temple were awarded for their goalscoring exploits.

The ball was then kicked into the River Aln, prompting a mad scramble in the water to reach it first and carry it to the opposite bank.

Today’s match continued a tradition between the two parishes of Alnwick which has been going on in the town for centuries.