They came in the rain to Hallaton’s Hare Pie Hill - in Mackintosh, gabardine, overcoat and oilskin, the 300-odd spectators arrived.
While the water trickled down their backs and squelched inside their boots, they stayed to watch the home side put an end to neighbouring Medbourne’s three-year run of victories in the traditional Bottle Kicking event.
Struggle in the slush, massacre in the mud, battles in the brooks - all suitable descriptions of the 1951 event.
One spectator, Robert Webb, from the Cadenza Cafe, Market Harborough, received a split forehead when he was hit by the bottle.
Dr Pickering attended the victim, inserting stitches into the wound.