Many will know of the celebrations that Tividale Football Club is holding for its 60th birthday but, of course, 2014 is also another anniversary – a far more sombre and poignant one. Many brave soldiers from Tividale and Rowley sadly lost their lives in the first world war, a conflict that began one hundred years ago this week.
Whatever the circumstances of war, the bravery of citizens who sacrifice their lives in conflict can never be underestimated, and should certainly not be forgotten. This could never be truer than in the so-called Great War, in which soldiers of both sides were subjected to the most abominable conditions in the name of fighting for their country, and despite these conditions, one of the great shows of humanity of all time is that these soldiers were able to set aside their battles in order to organise random games of football on the Western Front during Christmas 1914.
As a football club, we believe it is important to recognise the sacrifices of the fallen and so a hundred years on from 1914, we will be unveiling a plaque in honour of the brave soldiers of Tividale and Rowley who gave their lives during World War One. The unveiling will take place at Tividale Football Club at 11am on Sunday 3rd August, and all are invited.
We anticipate being able to get a past or serving officer of the British Army to perform the ceremony, and hope that as many people as possible will be available to join us on this most special of occasions.