England Supporters team set for historic match-up

Friday 19 Dec 2014
The Christmas Truce
Members of the England Supporters Club are heading to Belgium to play their part in the Christmas Truce commemorations.

The tournament, which is organised and hosted by The Royal Belgian Football Association (RBFA), will also include teams from Germany, Belgium, France, Wales, and Ireland.

The players and delegation from The FA arrived in Ypres on Thursday night and they will stay until Sunday to participate in a number of events, which kick-off on Friday.

The side will compete in a seven-a-side football tournament on the historic field in Messines, the spot that British and German troops laid down their arms on Christmas Day 1914 to distribute gifts and play the beautiful game on various sites along the frontline.

The act was a sign of football at its very best, and after the teams finish they will head off to a specially arranged ceremony in the Last Post under the Menin Gate.

Saturday will be spent visiting a number of Christmas Truce locations, with excursions in Comines-Warneton (Plugstreet) and Armentieres.

The weekend will then end with a special match between Sparta Dikkebus and Jespo Comines dedicated to Truces.

François De Keersmaecker, President of the RBFA said: “Now, almost 100 years after the Christmas Truce football match, The RBFA wants to commemorate it with a football competition in which supporters play a key role.

“Involving the supporters allows us to stay true to the reality of the time and sends out a powerful message as eight different countries together for the centenary commemoration of the Christmas Truce.”

By FA Staff