Gainsborough footballers remember the 1914 First World War Christmas truce match

Blues Club Over 35s remember the 1914 truce
Blues Club Over 35s remember the 1914 truce

Local football team Blues Club Over 35s have joined a national initiative to commemorate one of the most famous games in the sport’s history.

The ‘Football Remembers’ campaign encouraged teams to mix with their opposition and match officials before kick-off, for a photograph to highlight the Christmas Truce in 1914 – when soldiers from both sides of the First World War were said to stop fighting and engage in the beautiful game.

The Gainsborough Sunday League outfit arranged for a photograph before their Linolnshire County Cup encounter with Pinchbeck.

The team believe the sport is a great way to bring people together.

Club secretary John Anderson said: “The footballremembers.com website that the photos have been posted to, will act as a moment of record of football in 2014, a century on from the First World War and preserved for future generations.”

“My Parish School football team also played in a match against Morton School at the Christmas Truce celebration on the Northolme, and it is great to see all generations respecting the past.”