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Barnsley and Chester Join Together For #FootballRemembers

8 December 2014

Reds and Blues pose in a mixed group photograph at Oakwell.

Barnsley FC and Chester FC both helped to ensure that #FootballRemembers at Oakwell Stadium yesterday before our FA Cup 2nd Round tie.

Clubs competing in the Barclays Premier League, the Sky Bet Football League and the second round of the FA Cup, commemorated the centenary of one of the most iconic moments of the First World War - the 1914 Christmas Truce – as part of a week of remembrance activity in December 2014.

'Football Remembers Week' is taking place from 5-14 December. 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.

For all matches taking place from 5-14 December, all players involved will be posing together in a mixed group photograph as a mark of respect to those on both sides that took part in the 1914 Christmas Truce. Barnsley and Chester players lined up together prior to yesterday’s game at Oakwell Stadium to join together for the mixed group photograph, which is shown above.

All photos uploaded to social media using #footballremembers will be automatically uploaded to a special website – www.footballremembers.com. The site shall 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


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