The Premier League, The FA, EFL and the PFA are joining forces under the banner of ‘Football Remembers’ to mark the Armistice Centenary and Remembrance weekend.
On 11 November 1918, the Armistice was signed, signalling the end of World War One. One century on, England’s four football bodies will be part of the nationwide commemorations, with support from Premier League Clubs and EFL Clubs 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 weekends leading up to 11 November to mark the efforts of servicemen and women, past and present.
Bespoke commemorative coins from the Royal British Legion will be used for the coin toss at every Premier League, EFL and FA Cup match to pay tribute and say thank you to all those involved in the First World War.
On Saturday, 10 November, Bolton Wanderers entertain Swansea City in the EFL Championship, when both sides will show their respect for those who sacrificed their lives during the conflict.
The Royal British Legion, who provide financial, social and emotional support to members and veterans of the British Armed Forces, are raising additional funds through the sale of Poppy lapel pins for various football clubs, including Swansea City, for fans to show their support for team and troops.
In the build-up to Remembrance weekend, Football Remembers will also be backing a number of related projects, including For Club and Country, for which Premier League and EFL clubs across the country will plant trees at their stadiums and training grounds, serving as living legacies to the hundreds of footballers who served and fell in the First World War.
Through For Club and Country, which is run in partnership with the Woodland Trust and the National Football Museum, The FA and England planted trees at St George’s Park in memory of the 14 internationals who served in World War One.
In November 2014, the Swansea City Supporters’ Trust unveiled a memorial plaque at The Liberty Stadium to commemorate the three Swansea Town players or former players who were killed during the First World War.
Football Remembers will also be promoting the Games of Remembrance which see the British Army and German Army football teams competing in memory of those who fought so bravely decades ago.