Fife’s young footballers to pay tribute to WW1 Christmas Truce

Steph Mackie with some of the young footballers who will be taking part in the Football Remembers match at Cowdenbeath's Central Park. Pic: George McLuskie
Steph Mackie with some of the young footballers who will be taking part in the Football Remembers match at Cowdenbeath's Central Park. Pic: George McLuskie

Young footballers from across Fife will mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One – and in particular the Christmas Truce – in a special tribute taking place at Cowdenbeath’s Central Park this Saturday.

The ‘Football Remembers’ event will see teams made up of players from the Central and East Fife Soccer Sevens Association (CEFSSA) take part in three seven-a-side games between 10.00 a.m and 1.00 p.m.

All CEFSSA teams were asked to pick a player out of a hat to represent them and two teams have been created at each age group to play each other, namely 2005s, 2004s and 2003s.

The event aims to symbolise a coming together such as the one that took place between enemy troops during the Christmas Truce of 1914, which saw weapons set aside and football matches played on the western
front.

Each CEFSSA player taking part will be wearing a special kit, which will feature the Twitter hashtag, #footballremembers, and also includes a poppy.

The players will then get to keep them as a memento.

Davie Honeyman, SFA/Fife Council development officer, and Cowdenbeath coach John Ritchie will coach the teams with possibly some of Cowdenbeath’s youth players assisting. Youth Football Scotland has also offered to video the games.

Schools across the UK, the British Council, the FA and SPL are all marking the occasion this weekend.