Tuesday's ball was painted by Simon Hellaby, a married father-of-two and a staunch Up'ard.
This year's pre-game lunch took place at Ashbourne Leisure Centre, a change from the usual venue of The Green Man pub.
These women donned hoodies bearing the moniker SWAGs - Shrovetide Wives and Girlfriends.
As usual, shops around the town took serious precautions.
Shrovetide clothing has become increasingly popular over the past few years.
Jim Boden, a 63-year-old retired solicitor, is carried to Shaw Croft to turn up the ball to begin the day's action.
The good weather brought out a bumper crowd.
Those atop the plinth belt out Auld Lang Syne and God Save The Queen shortly before the ball is turned up.
The game begins - but it's difficult for most people to get anywhere near the ball.
Not a game for the faint-hearted.
Pained expressions from those caught in the middle of the hug.
The first game was as ferocious as ever.
The Down'ards drew first blood with 39-year-old Adrian Webb goaling the ball at Clifton at 1645.
But the Up'ards quickly hit back with 30-year-old Richard Goodall the hero, goaling the ball at Sturston at 1830.
History repeated itself on Wednesday with Simon Betteridge goaling the ball first for the Down'ards at around 1530.
But with just one hour left on the clock, 22-year-old Simon Fisher goaled the ball for the Up'ards to level the scores and make it the first time in 75 years that four goals have been scored in a Shrovetide Football game.
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