Football to remember The Christmas Truce 100 years on

Friday 05 Dec 2014
England and Germany took the first combined photo in November

A special website has been launched to display the images from the Football Remembers commemorative activities, which begin on Saturday 6 December.

From 6-14 December, teams across the country, at all levels, will be marking the special anniversary of the Armistice Truce by posing for a combined pre-match photo to remember the solidarity shown on the battlefields 100 years ago.

The images will then be stored and displayed on

Football Remembers begins on 6 December

A joint venture by The FA, Premier League, Football League and the British Council – and supported by HRH The Duke of Cambridge – Football Remembers is a national commemoration to mark the centenary of the Christmas Truce.

The stories of widespread, unofficial ceasefires across the Western Front in 1914 have been retold through generations, and remain one of the most poignant examples of humanity overcoming the most harrowing of circumstances.

To mark the anniversary, every professional team in the Premier League, Football League, FA Cup – and all other levels of the game – will be posing for a joint pre-match photograph. 

How to play your part in Football Remembers

  • Before your game join together with the opposing team and take a picture
  • Upload your images to Twitter or Instagram
  • Use #FootballRemembers
  • Include the names of the teams in the tweets
  • Visit to see your images

Participating teams can then upload their pictures to by tweeting or posting on Instagram using #FootballRemembers.

Schools and amateur clubs across the country are also encouraged to send in their photos – and each one will be posted on the website and stored as a moment in history.

Earlier in 2014 the four partners launched a Football Remembers education pack that was sent to more than 30,000 schools across the UK through the British Council. 

It included resources to help children learn about the Truce – including eye-witness accounts, photos, drawings and letters from soldiers, some of which had never been published before. 

Schoolboy Spencer Turner was told he had won the Football Remembers competition by Newcastle duo Adam Armstrong (L) and Steven Taylor (R)

The Duke of Cambridge – in his role as President of The FA – has also backed another unique Football Remembers project. 

Schools and Football Academies were asked to design a memorial to the football played during the Truce, with the winning entry awarded its very own place in history and built as a permanent memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. 

Newcastle schoolboy Spencer Turner won the competition, judged by The Duke and England forward Theo Walcott. 

“It remains wholly relevant today as a message of hope over adversity, even in the bleakest of times”

HRH The Duke of Cambridge 

He was told of the good news in October, when Newcastle United players Adam Armstrong and Steven Taylor visited him at school, while the memorial will be formally unveiled by The Duke on 12 December.

Speaking of the commemorative activities, HRH The Duke of Cambridge said: "The British Council, together with The FA, Premier League and Football League, have put together a tremendous resource for use in the classroom and at home. 

"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."

Click here to visit the Football Remembers website.

By Jamie Reid Senior Writer