Eton Wall Game (1921) | BFI. Subscribe:
Goodness knows what the rules are to the Eton Wall Game, but judging by this Topical Budget newsreel footage it makes for a far better spectator sport than the average golf tournament. Played every St. Andrew’s Day, it is said that decades have gone by without a goal ever being scored, possibly because there does not even appear to be a goal. Instead the foolhardy players pounce on top of each other with gusto, forming an unruly scrum against a brick wall.
One player known to have taken part in this particular match is a young Eric Blair, who would later become better known under his nom de plume – George Orwell.
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