Fans encouraged to enter the Stadium earlier today for remembrance.Having launched the #FootballRemembers campaign in March 2014 at the start of the First World War Centenary to mark the contribution made by the game, football continues to pay its respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice 100 years ago.
One hundred years on, the Battle of the Somme is being remembered across the country as part of the official First World War Centenary commemorations of which the EFL is proud to play its part by marking the centenary of the Battle of the Somme’s end on 19th November.
Fought over 141 days between 1 July and 18 November 1916, the Battle of the Somme was one of the defining battles of the First World War. With over 400,000 British casualties and over 1 million men of all nationalities killed, the Somme remains one of the most brutal individual battles ever fought.
Both Crewe and Plymouth players will be wearing Poppy shirts and the matches will be played with a limited edition Poppy ball. To date, Sky Bet and EFL clubs have together raised nearly £250,000 for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal from auctioning match-worn poppy shirts.
Sky Bet League One and League Two clubs will honour those that lost their lives at war over the weekend whilst the 24 Sky Bet Championship teams will pay their respects the following weekend on Saturday 19 November to mark the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme which ended 100 years earlier on 18 November 1916.
It would be greatly appreciated if you could enter the Stadium by 2.50pm as we will be conducting a one minute silence and Ian Raisbeck will be performing the last post to pay tribute to fallen servicemen, women and former players as part of Remembrance Sunday commemorations and the First World War Centenary. An EFL wreath laid on the pitch prior to kick-off to remember and honour all of those that have fallen in battle.
Crewe Alexandra Football Club is asking supporters if they would be kind enough to enter the Alexandra Stadium early on Saturday in preparation for our Remembrance match day.