Ancre Somme Association



The Christmas Truce 1914



One of the most fabled moments from the First World War was re-enacted at an Irish League Football ground in Northern Ireland.


The football match that reportedly took place in no-man’s-land, between Allies and German soldiers marking a Christmas in 1914, was recreated at Mourneview Park, Lurgan on 16th December 2016.


The charity commemoration was in aid of the Poppy Appeal and involved a team of veteran footballers from Northern Ireland going up against the 2 R Irish.


The veterans’ line-up included former Glenavon strikers Stephen McBride and Raymond McCoy and ex-manager Terry Nicholson.


Before the game kicked off members of the Ancre Somme Association carried out a re-enacted of the Christmas Truce. During the re-enactment the choir from Lurgan College sang Stille Nacht before an act of remembrance was held by Lurgan & Brownlow Royal British Legion.


The Pipes and Drums of the Royal Irish Regiment led the teams onto the pitch and then played again during the half time interval.


Like many football teams, and other sporting organisation, Glenavon Football Club, where the match was played, had many who served and died during the Great War. We thought something linked to the football would be a worthy event and one that would engage with the younger generation.


The Ancre Somme Association worked in partnership with the Royal British Legion to organise this event. The initial idea was a football match between the Ancre Somme Association and the Royal British Legion. That idea grew and spiralled into what was a magnificent event which raised much needed funds for the Poppy Appeal.


As well as the many local school children who attended this event we were also honoured to have in attendance the First Minster of Northern Ireland as well as Colonel Hubert McAllister, Honorary Colonel of 2nd Battalion the Royal Irish Regiment.


This worthwhile cause really captured the imagination of the whole community and gave them a better upstanding of the sacrifice that was made by many sportsmen during the Great War.


Help teach our young people about the Christmas Truce. Visit here.


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Photo Gallery available here.

Christmas Truce Programme