Welcome to Magnus and Charles Tait's archive of the Ba' Game.

The Ba' Games this season will be played
on Wednesday 25th December 2019
and Wednesday 1st January 2020

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New Year 2020 Men's Ba' played on 1st January 2020
thrown up by Barry Reid

winner Magnus Ballie (Uppie) at 19:02

Magnus Ballie with his Ba'

Xmas 2019 Men's Ba' played on 25th December 2019
thrown up by George Drever

winner Erlend Hutchison (Doonie) at 19:15

Erlend Hutchison with George Drever after the Ba'

Article on the Kirkwall Ba' Game from the Orkney Guide Book, 3rd edition

The Ba' is played every Christmas and New Year's Day in Kirkwall, Orkney. This traditional game of mass football is played in the streets of the town between the Uppies and the Doonies. For more details about the history of the game click here.

Charles Tait has been covering Ba' games online since Christmas 1997 and photographically since New Year 1977. Images and reports from this season below will be available to view after the games. The 2015 Mens' New Year game was the 76th to be covered by Charles Tait. To see the full list of games covered click here. The forthcoming book,"The Ba' - Uppies v Doonies" will have a large selection of images from all of these games.

Previous games by Charles & Magnus Tait All of the games we have covered with a selection of images
The Kirkwall Ba' Game The story of the Ba' Game
Ba' Winners Past Games and Winners
Links Orkney and Neolithic links

All of the images on this site are available as prints - to order please quote the number on the left of the caption of the form X2000-1234. Orders may be placed by email, phone or fax. The standard size is 5x7in, although other sizes are available. Images are also available for reproduction - please quote year (e.g. NY2000) and number or caption.