Club’s poignant tribute to WWI soccer soldiers

Garstang FC  commemorate the centenary of one of the most iconic moments of the First World War before their match against Blackpool Wren Rovers.
Garstang FC commemorate the centenary of one of the most iconic moments of the First World War before their match against Blackpool Wren Rovers.

‘Football Remembers Week’ will take place from 5-14 December and is a joint collaboration between The FA, the Premier League, the Football League and the British Council.

The aim is to engage football fans and players at every level about what took place on Christmas Day one hundred years ago on the battlefields in Belgium.

On 25 December 1914, soldiers from both sides put down their weapons and crossed into ‘no man’s land’ to share in an impromptu ceasefire. First-hand accounts from the time include references to football being played and photographs taken.

Football clubs from around the country will be able to upload their team photos to social media using the hash tag #footballremembers, which will then automatically be uploaded to a special website.

The website www.footballremembers.com will act as a moment of record of football in 2014, a century on from the First World War, and will be preserved for future generations.

HRH The Duke of Cambridge, President of The FA, said: “It promises to be a powerful way to engage and educate young people about such an important moment in our history. We all grew up with the story of soldiers from both sides putting down their arms on Christmas Day, and it remains wholly relevant today as a message of hope over adversity, even in the bleakest of times.”