Iconic football match remembered at Cranleigh specialist school

St Joseph's Specialist School and College held a football match  in remembrance of the 1914 Christmas Day Truce SUS-141218-153812001

St Joseph's Specialist School and College held a football match in remembrance of the 1914 Christmas Day Truce SUS-141218-153812001

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St Joseph’s Specialist School and College in Cranleigh re-enacted the football match played during the brief truce on Christmas Day 1914 between British and German forces.

Everyone gathered on the playing field beginning the commemoration with the carol Silent Night.

Laura, dressed in authentic WWI British uniform (including de-activated rifle), tossed the coin to kick off the match. German army were represented by Care staff, and Education staff the British Army.

Learners and support staff cheered both from the side lines, while our surgery team, also in period dress, were on-hand to run onto the pitch if needed.

The final score was a draw, in keeping with the true spirit of the original game; at the end of the match poppies were placed in each of the goals followed by a minute silence in remembrance of all who those who gave their lives 100 years ago.

Report and pictures contributed by St Joseph’s Specialist School and College.