Foot­ball united to hon­our fallen


Burton Mail - - News - By JENNY MOODY jen­nifer.moody@reach­ @Jen­ny_­moody85

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. for­cluband­coun­ Fundrais­ers/eng­land

Nigel with club

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