Welcome to Magnus and Charles Tait's archive of the Ba' Game.
Happy New Year 2014

New Year 2014 Men's Ba' played on 1st January 2014
thrown up by Sandy McConnachie (Doonie winner New Year 1989)

winner Michael Cursiter (Doonie)

Sandy McConnachie before the throwup

Michael Cursiter


Christmas 2013 Men's Ba' played on 25th December 2013
thrown up by Ian Hutcheon (Doonie winner Xmas 1988)

winner Thorfinn Craigie (Uppie)

Short video of the throwup

Ian Hutcheon with his family

Thorfinn Craigie


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 2007 Mens' New Year game was the 60th 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

ll 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.