Football In The River

On the last bank holiday at the end of August, the usually peaceful River Windrush meandering it’s way through Bourton-on-the-Water is invaded by a football match. It is one of the wackier annual events to take place in the Cotswolds! Goalposts are set up in the river, and two teams of six players from Bourton Rovers football Club play a 30 minute match. The annual match has been taking place for over 100 years and attracts hundreds of spectators to the grassy banks of the river.  The usually calm waters of the River Windrush become a huge splash zone with one of the aims of the players being to get the front row of spectators as wet as possible!

Photo credit:  Martyn Wright

Bourton on the Water football

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