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Posted on: 21 January 2015

Come on the Old Harrovians!

Harrow Football is a sporting tradition unique to Harrow - and one that evolved purely because of the school's disagreeable, solid clay grounds. As a result, Old Harrovians devised a new 'dribbling' game with official rules incorporated exactly 150 years ago - indeed it is a direct forerunner of modern day football as we know it.

Harrow School is steeped in tradition and today the game remains an integral part of its sports programme, with annual matches held against teams of Old Harrovians and between the Boarding Houses. Friendly competition is rife but more importantly, the matches bring together generations to celebrate a wonderful, long-standing tradition.

This year, we are delighted to co-sponsor and support a team of Old Harrovians led by Pierre Ali-Noor (West Acre, 2001.3). The Ali-Noor XI hopes to achieve victory against the School's Princes XI on Saturday 7 February.

Our fabulous co-sponsor, Champagne Billecart-Salmon, founded in 1818, will be hosting an elegant post-match champagne tasting on the day. Since the early 19th Century six generations have succeeded each other at the Billecart- Salmon family home in the heart of the Champagne Region. Like us, they share a deep and rich history, and still live by the motto: "Give priority to quality, strive for excellence" - values that we share at Duncan Lawrie. You can find further information about Billecart-Salmon here and for a more detailed history of Harrow Football, see here.

We will post a full match report after the 7 February so don't forget to check our website. Until then, we wish Pierre Ali-Noor and his team the best of luck for their upcoming fixture.

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