Footballers honour WW1 match
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.”