Fallen heroes remembered

On the 75th anniversary of Britain’s entry into the Second World War the FA is paying its respect to our country’s fallen heroes.

In his Chairman’s Welcome notes in the Norway matchday programme, Greg Dyke writes: “Today marks the 75th anniversary of Britain’s entry into the Second World War. 

“Remembrance has rightly not been very far from our thoughts this year as the nation has also begun its centenary commemorations of the First World War.”

Throughout 2014 the football family is also joining together to pay its respects to the fallen heroes of the First World War.

As part of the Football Remembers initiative The FA, Premier League, Football League and British Council have created a series of remembrance activities to honour those who have lost their lives in conflict.

The 34 finalists are on display  at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire

With the support of HRH The Duke of Cambridge and Theo Walcott, Football Remembers activities have been taking place throughout 2014

The year culminates in a unique week-long series of photographs in which every football team across the country, from Premier League to Sunday League, join together for a joint pre-match picture – recognising football’s unifying powers and replicating the scenes on the battlefields of the Western Front during the Christmas Truce 100 years ago.

The images will be captured in one digital archive and stored for people in another 100 years to be able to see the moment in time of how football was in 2014.

As part of its commitment to recognising the work of the Forces, The FA has also recently extended its partnership with Tickets for Troops through to summer 2016 – guaranteeing thousands more seats for armed forces personnel at Wembley.

As a minimum, The FA will allocate 500 seats to the charity for every England international, starting with the visit of Norway on Wednesday night. 

The FA has been proudly associated with Tickets for Troops since 2010 and, as the biggest single contributor of sporting tickets, has donated more than 20,000 seats for major matches including England games and The FA Cup. 

The announcement ensures The FA-Tickets for Troops partnership will continue throughout the qualification campaign for UEFA EURO 2016 in France.

“To reference the theme of our ongoing activities, it is important that Football Remembers.”

Greg Dyke FA Chairman

In reference to the ongoing relationship between The FA and the forces , the Chairman continues: “I made a personal trip to the battlefields and memorials of northern France back in March and once again it is entirely fitting that we honour Tickets for Troops – and in so doing, our serving armed forces – with a significant donation of seats for tonight.

“To reference the theme of our ongoing activities, it is important that Football Remembers.”