In support of the Football Remembers campaign, the club have planted a tree in the grounds of Rockliffe Park in memory of our players who served and died in the First World War.
The oak tree commemorates the Boro players who sadly lost their lives:
Academy manager Craig Liddle planted the tree along with James Wilson and Charlie Berry, two members of our Under-12s who have been working on a ‘No Barriers’ project in memory of former professional footballer and British Army Officer Walter Tull.
Friday's short ceremony comes at the start of a weekend that sees the club join forces with the Premier League, The FA, EFL and the PFA under the banner of ‘Football Remembers’, marking the Armistice Centenary and Remembrance weekend.
On November 11 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.
We will recognise the Armistice Centenary as part of our Remembrance commemorations taking place ahead of the game against Wigan Athletic on Saturday. We are joined by the British Legion, Military Police, Sedgefield War Veterans, Teesside Parachute Regiment, and the Yorkshire Regiment.
As at Stoke last weekend, we will be wearing poppy shirts and a bespoke commemorative coin from the Royal British Legion will be used for the coin toss to pay tribute and say thank you to all those involved in the First World War.
There will also be a minute’s silence ahead of the game.