The Eton Wall Game


There are many great old and distinguished British Public Schools that are part and parcel of our culture. And every old school has its traditions. One of these is the Eton Wall Game, a rare mixture of rugby and football, with a touch of Real Tennis thrown in, which was first played in 1766. Played on St Andrew’s Day and Ascension Day, perhaps because one losing team will be cross and have to bear it, and one team will become winners, the two teams are formed from the Scholarship holders, the Eton Collegers, and the Oppidans, who are the full-fee paying pupils. The Collegers wear white and purple stripes, while the Oppidans wear Orange and purple. They parade to the field, called ‘the Furrow’, with the Oppidans climbing over the ancient 110 metre Wall, built in 1717, and throwing their Caps in the air in defiance of the Collegers. At the same time the Collegers march down from College Field arm in arm.

The Eton Wall Game
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