Students from Culcheth High School’s Year 10 and 11 Boys football teams held a special exhibition match to mark the centenary of the games that took place during the World War 1 Christmas Truce – in a project backed by Prince William.
The match was part of the Football Remembers project from the British Council, The FA, the Football League and the Premier League – which will see every level of football mark the anniversary in a week of commemoration between 6 – 14 December.
Students from Year 10 and Year 11 played their friendly on Friday 5th December. Year 10 players took the role of England (and its allies) and the Year 11 players took the role of Germany. Each side wore special T-Shirts designed to commemorate the Christmas Truce.
The match itself was an exciting and close run affair and both sides deserve credit for their performances. After a tense 12mins, the deadlock was finally broken by England when a parried free kick from Ben Smith found its way to Louis Twist-Green inside the six yard box. He produced a deft finish to put the boys in white 1-0 up much to the delight of the crowd. Germany fought back determinedly with some free flowing attacking football, but man of the match Jack Maylor produced some outstanding saves in the England goal to keep them at bay. Mid-way through the second half, Germany’s pressure began to tell and when James Bushell appeared to be brought to ground in the England box the referee didn’t hesitate to blow the whistle for a penalty. Matty Makinson stepped up and scored from the spot to bring the game level at 1-1. Despite a tense final few minutes the match ended one goal apiece. The stage is set for a rematch between the two sides who deserve great credit for rising to the spirit of the occasion.
The school also marked the occasion by tweeting a photo of the two teams standing together with the hashtag #FootballRemembers. Their image will be featured on a special website – www.footballremembers.com – where it will sit alongside photos from teams across the country, including some of football’s biggest names. The website will be a permanent tribute to the soldiers who laid down their arms on Christmas Day 1914.
For more details about Football Remembers, contact Mark Moulding in the British Council Press Office on 020 7389 4889 or firstname.lastname@example.org