Paying tribute to fallen war heroes, 100 years on

Football Remembers
Football Remembers

They were born decades too late to have any living memory of the horrors of world wars one and two.

But young footballers from the South Yorkshire region paid tribute to those fallen heroes at the weekend, by recreating one of the most iconic moments of the First World War - the infamous ‘Christmas Truce’, a century ago in 1914.

Players up and down the country, in all leagues, have been invited to join in with a ‘Football Remembers’ tribute.

‘Football Remembers Week’ is a joint collaboration between The FA, the Premier League, the Football League and the British Council, aimed at reminding football fans and players at every level what took place on Christmas Day 100 years ago on the battlefields in Belgium.

On December 25, 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.

Last weekend a number of clubs in the Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA region joined in by having a photo taken, showing both teams prior to the game.

The photos were then uploaded to social media using #footballremembers which automatically uploaded the pictures to a special website - www.footballremembers.com.

The site 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.

Two photos from local games are featured on our back page, and many more appear on the Football Remembers website.

n Next week’s Grass Roots will feature a picture special from the Sheffield Federation for School Sports awards evening, which was held last week at Sheffield’s Town Hall with Peter Rippon in attendance.

Winners of awards include:

Harold Whitham Memorial Trophy: Ana Garcia

Dave Aizlewood Memorial Trophy: Nether Green Junior School

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Special Award: Ellie Crownshaw

Federation Endeavour Award: Akif Shahlzam

Special Award: James Youle

Primary Schools Sports Award: Limpsfield Primary

Frank Scholfield Memorial Trophy: Molly Harvard

John Moss Trophy: Tapton School

Special Award: Euan Tryner