Foot­ballers hon­our WW1 match

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

A POYN­TON busi­ness­man was among foot­ball fans who recre­ated the Christ­mas Truce match.

Through­out the world teams repli­cated the fa­mous wartime match be­tween English and Ger­man troops 100 years ago. Res­i­dents ar­ranged a game in the no man’s land be­tween Poyn­ton and Stock­port. The six-a-side match fin­ished 10-5 to ‘Eng­land’ with Evie Craven, nine, lead­ing the line for Eng­land with five of the goals.

Evie’s fa­ther Ian, 41, said: “It is only fit and proper to re­mem­ber the fallen from the Great War as many of us lost re­la­tions in the First World War gen­er­a­tions ago.”

Among the play­ers was Paul Kenyon, owner of Cling­foyle, based at Poyn­ton In­dus­trial Es­tate, and au­thor Charles Yates, who re­cently penned a WW1 book - Di­ary of An­nie’s War Ex­tended Edi­tion 2014 - based on the tes­ti­mony of An­nie Droege. He said: “We paid our re­spects to the fallen of all na­tion’s ahead of the match and just like the games dur­ing the Christ­mas Truce in 1914 both sides were play­ing to win. Af­ter­wards we toasted the Great War fallen with mulled wine and dined on corned beef sand­wiches as we re­flected that play­ing sport to win is a much bet­ter way to re­solve things than shoot­ing peo­ple.”

An­nie Droege’s great nephew Mark Drum­mond Rigg, said: “Great Aunt An­nie loved the idea of a Christ­mas Truce.”

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