Just a paragraph makes clear the event is no ordinary affair:
'This is a two-day, no-holds-barred game where crowds play and goal posts are three miles apart. A substantial middle-aged lady once confided in me (as her MP) that she secretly defied her husband's ban on joining the mob, had a tremendous afternoon - and for weeks contrived to undress in the dark so he never saw the massive bruises.'
For something completely different, go read the whole damn thing.
Right now. Trust me.