BURTON Albion have planted an oak tree at the Pirelli Stadium as part of the “For Club And Country” initiative, which will see football clubs all over the country planting trees to serve as living legacies to the hundreds of footballers who served and fell in the First World War.
Brewers Manager Nigel Clough and Chairman Ben Robinson were on hand to oversee the planting in the build-up to Remembrance weekend.
The tree, along with the commemorative plaque, has been placed near to the Burton Albion Community Football Centre.
Through the For Club And Country programme, which is run in partnership with the Woodland Trust and the National Football Museum, several clubs across the country have planted trees at their stadiums and training grounds.
The FA and England have planted trees at St George’s Park in Tatenhill in memory of the 14 internationals who served in World War One.
Chairman Ben Robinson said: “Burton Albion Football Club are proud to support Football Remembers and the For Club And Country project.
“It is important that we never forget our armed services and the sacrifices they have made, and this oak tree and plaque at the Pirelli Stadium will be a lasting tribute to those footballers who served in the First World War.”
Manager Nigel Clough said: “It was an honour to be present for the planting of this oak tree, and what it represents this Remembrance period.
“Football Remembers and For Club And Country are important initiatives that we are proud to support ahead of this weekend, and going forward.”
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, EFL clubs and the English national teams 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.
For more information on the For Club And Country initiative, please watch the video below and visit the website here.