Remembering centenary of wartime truce

The Northern Football Alliance is to honour the 1914 Christmas truce centenary this December.

As part of a week of remembrance activity across the footballing world, the Northern Alliance teams will be taking part in a national project.

Football Remembers Week will take place from December 5 to 14. A joint collaboration between The FA, the Premier League, the Football League and the British Council, the aim is to engage football fans and players at every level about 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.

Therefore for all matches taking place dueing the week all players involved will pose together in a mixed group photograph as a mark of respect to those on both sides that took part in the 1914 Christmas Truce.

Fans, teams and schools will be asked to upload their pre-match pictures via social media over the course of Football Remembers Week. Any match of any size can be uploaded, from school to Sunday league fixtures, five-a-side matches to kickabouts in the back garden using #footballremembers.

All photos uploaded to social media using #footballremembers will be automatically uploaded 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.