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An inch or two of water has caused the postponement of innumerable football games across the world.

Not, though, in the picturesque English village of Bourton-on-the-Water, where not even shin-high depth prevents the action – as this 2010 picture illustrates!

The ‘Football in the River’ match was first played over a century ago. It’s now contested annually, on a Bank Holiday in August, with two six-a-side teams from Bourton Rovers Football Club competing over 30 minutes in the River Windrush.

And despite Bourton-on-the-Water having a population of little over 3,000, the fixture has been watched by close to a four-figure crowd these past few years.

Those spectators are advised to wear waterproofs, as players are encouraged not only to score goals, but also to splash one another!