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5 December 2014

Town and Leeds players in historic team photo before kick-off as football remembers the Christmas Truce

The players of Town and Leeds will take part in a unique team group photo before kick-off on Saturday as part of football’s tribute to the Christmas Truce of 1914.

Clubs competing in the Barclays Premier League, the Sky Bet Football League and the second round of the FA Cup will be commemorating the centenary of one of the most iconic moments of the First World War as part of a week of remembrance activity this month.

'Football Remembers Week' is taking place between December 5 and 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.

As part of 'Football Remembers Week', the players of Town and Leeds will join together as one team for the photo, which will be uploaded to #footballremembers and to 

HRH The Duke of Cambridge, President of The FA, said: “It promises to be a powerful way to engage and educate young people about such an important moment in our history. We all grew up with the story of soldiers from both sides putting down their arms on Christmas Day, and it remains wholly relevant today as a message of hope over adversity, even in the bleakest of times.”

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