Shots Join Football Remembers Week

Aldershot Town continue to commemorate the centenary of the December 1914 Christmas Truce this weekend, as part of the annual Football Remembers programme.

Celebrating the spirit of one of the most iconic moments of World War One, Football Remembers Week, which runs until Monday 15 December, is delivered jointly by the Premier League, The FA and the Football League, in partnership with the British Council.

Before kick-off in Sunday’s FA Cup second round tie against Rochdale, both starting XIs will pose for an informal combined team photograph entitled A Moment In History. The photographs from every match played this weekend will be uploaded to and on Twitter using the hashtag #FootballRemembers. All teams, whether schools, five-a-side or Sunday League, are invited to post their own mixed team photograph.

That is followed by a series of events throughout the week, including a House of Commons reception and the unveiling of The Christmas Truce Memorial, by Prince William, at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

The centrepiece of this week is the Christmas Truce International Tournament in Ypres, Belgium, played next weekend, from Friday 12 – Sunday 14 December, featuring Under-12 sides from ach of the Premier League, Bundesliga, Belgian Pro League and France’s Ligue 1, plus one each from Scotland and Austria. Whilst in Ypres, players from the two Premier League representatives, Chelsea and Liverpool, will visit four educational sites, including Flanders Field Museum and the Menin Gate, to help them understand the enormity of the sacrifices made by previous generations.

Then, on Monday 15 December, a re-recorded version of The Farm’s classic All Together Now is released, the profits of which will go to the Red Cross and Shorncliffe Trust.