See the brilliant photos from the annual Football In The River match


Football matches are normally called off if the pitch is waterlogged - but they do things differently in the Cotswolds.

Two teams braved the freezing water today to take part in the Football In The River match in Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire - an annual five-a-side game which takes place in the ankle-deep water of the River Windrush.

people watch the game along the river banks (Rod Minchin/PA)

players try to score a goal during the match in the water (Rod Minchin/PA)

It's not entirely clear how the idea of playing football in a river came about, but the tradition has reportedly been going strong for around 100 years. The game raises money for Bourton Rovers Football Club, whose players from the 2nd XI and 1st XI take part.

Several hundred spectators watched the 30-minute game from the banks in the sunshine - though they are always advised to bring a waterproof if they decide to go close to the *pitch*.

people watch the game from the river banks (Rod Minchin/PA)

people watch the game from the river banks (Rod Minchin/PA)

Monday's match ended 3-1 to the 1st XI, with two second half goals sealing a win after going 0-1 down in the opening skirmishes.