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Eton's Wall Game has been described as "brutal, pointless and extremely dangerous". The donations would go towards funding the head boy's expenses at Cambridge. The whole school, dressed in ceremonial clothing and accompanied by a band, would proceed to a nearby mound called Salt Hill. Prince Harry hopes to be selected to play for the Oppidans, the non-scholars, against the Collegers, the scholars. In the 2016 game, the 250th St. Andrew's Day match, College triumphed 1–0 against the Oppidans. 1. The Wall Game is organised entirely by boys, particularly by the Keepers (captains) of College Wall, Oppidan Wall and Mixed Wall. u = u.replace(/\/(uk|i)fs\//, '/'); A teammate then touches the ball with his hand and shouts "Got it!" In the 1960s student activists called for the abolition of public schools such as Eton, which they said perpetuated privilege in education and a class-structured society. return geo_edition; The Oppidans can draw from the school's remaining 1,200 pupils, with Prince Harry's sporting prowess virtually assuring him a place in the wall game.

There they collected money, called salt, from the crowds who gathered for the occasion and from passers-by in Windsor and Buckingham, who were made to feel a civic duty to contribute when confronted by the collection sack.

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[citation needed] The First World War flying ace Arthur Rhys Davids also played, representing College with Ralph Dominic Gamble in 1915.

The British sitcom Green Wing features a fictional game, Guyball (/ˈɡiːbɔːl/), which parodies the obscurity of public school pastimes such as the Eton wall game. Legacy. [5] It resumed by 1836. the Collegers won by seven "shies", with no goal being scored by either side.


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