Water-logged pitches? Rain stops play? Not over in the Cotswolds this August bank holiday.
Every year, the waters of the peaceful River Windrush are disturbed by the splashing feet of 12 players from Bourton Rovers Football Club, who play two annual six-a-side games for charity.
Wingers wearing waders? Strikers in scuba gear? Offside’s Paul Roberts headed down to see what all the fuss is about.
The pitches of the Premier League may struggle to cope with a heavy downpour, but overly damp conditions are vital to the success of Bourton-in-the-water river football.
This unique fixture has been played for more than 100 years, and has entertained thousands of spectators in that time. Every year the grassy banks become makeshift stands for the crowds of well-wishers and followers.
Never mind half-and-half scarves and tribal replica shirts however. Waterproofs are the usual attire for the fans of football in the river, especially for those with the best view of the action, right by the waters edge.
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