Football united to honour fallen
BREWERS MARK SACRIFICE OF PLAYERS LOST IN CONFLICT
THE hundreds of professional footballers who served and fell in the First World War are being remembered in Burton.
Burton Albion have planted an oak tree at the Pirelli Stadium as part of the For Club And Country initiative, which will see football clubs all over the country planting trees to serve as lasting legacies to the hundreds of players who served in the Great War.
Brewers manager Nigel Clough and chairman Ben Robinson were on hand to oversee the planting in the build-up to Remembrance weekend.
The tree, with a commemorative plaque, has been placed near the Burton Albion Community Football Centre.
Through the For Club And Country programme, which is run in partnership with the Woodland Trust and the National Football Museum, several clubs across the country have planted trees at their stadiums and training grounds.
The Football Association and England have planted trees at St George’s Park, in Tatenhill, in memory of the 14 internationals who served in the war.
Mr Robinson said: “Burton Albion Football Club are proud to support Football Remembers and the For Club And Country project.
“It is important we never forget our armed services and the sacrifices they have made, and this oak tree and plaque at the Pirelli Stadium will be a lasting tribute to those footballers Clough and chairman Ben Robinson the memorial tree who served in the First World War.”
Mr Clough said: “It was an honour to be present for the planting of this oak tree and what it represents. Football Remembers and For Club And Country are important initiatives that we are proud to support ahead of this weekend and going forward.”
A century on from the Armistice, England’s football bodies will be part of the nationwide commemorations, with support from Premier League clubs, English Football League clubs and the English national teams, all paying tribute through a variety of activities.
Remembrance Sunday coincides with the Armistice centenary, and a range of Football Remembers activity will take place over the weekend to mark the efforts and sacrifices of servicemen and women, past and present.
Commemorative coins from the Royal British Legion will be used for the coin toss at every Premier League, English Football League and FA Cup match this weekend to pay tribute and thank all those involved in the war. l More information on the For Club And Country initiative is available by visiting the website at www. forclubandcountry.org.uk/ Fundraisers/england
Nigel with club