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Scottish Fans Mark ‘Christmas Truce’

December 17, 2014

Christmas Truces - (L toR) Street Soccer Scotland's David Duke, John Robertson, Paul Goodwin, Iain McGill and piper Ryan Faulds at Waverley Station shortly before leaving for BelgiumA GROUP of Scottish football fans, including some former Scotland Homeless World Cup players, are set to travel to Belgium to play in a unique football tournament to commemorate the ‘Christmas Truce’ football match played during the First World War on Christmas Day 100 years ago.

The tournament, which is being organised and hosted by The Royal Belgian Football Association (RBFA) will also include teams from Germany, Belgium, France, England, Wales, Ireland FA and an Ireland Embassy team.

On Christmas Day in 1914 soldiers from England, Germany, France, Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Northern Ireland are said to have laid down their arms, distributed gifts and played football at various sites along the frontline in respite from a major conflict.

The three-day commemoration event will also include visits to relevant Christmas Truce locations and participation in a Last Post ceremony under the Menin Gate in Ypres. The football tournament will be played on a historic field in Messines.

Paul Goodwin, co-ordinator of the Scotland team said: “The Christmas Truce football match is well known across the world as a symbol of peace and we applaud The RBFA for creating a tournament that pays respect to those who lost their lives during the First World War. As well as playing football on the historic fields in Belgium the players will commemorate the legacy and memory of those who fell during the war by visiting relevant locations including the Menin Gate in Ypres.”

The Scotland team’s travel to Belgium has been kindly provided by ScotRail and Eurostar. Many of the Scotland team, which is made up from players and staff from the award winning social enterprise Street Soccer Scotland, are no strangers to international tournaments having played at the Homeless World Cup tournament in Brazil in 2010.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. sonsteam permalink*
    December 18, 2014 6:22 pm

    An excellent initiative. Good luck to all involved.

  2. December 21, 2014 10:26 am

    Scotland got to the final, but lost to France!

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