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The Accrington Pals

Posted: Sun 09 Mar 2014
Author: rovers.co.uk

Local Army cadets will form a Guard of Honour as the two teams take to the pitch this afternoon.

The commemorative gesture is the idea of life-long Rovers and Burnley fans, and WW1 historians, Scott Knowles and Jeremy Lambert, who  felt it would be fitting in the Centenary Year of the outbreak of WW1 that the men of East Lancashire should be remembered.

The 1913-14 First Division season was to be the last until 1919, as competitive football was suspended due to the war. The season was a successful campaign for both clubs, with Rovers finishing as champions and Burnley winning the FA Cup.

Players and staff from both clubs, and men from both towns, heeded the call to serve King and Country, putting aside local rivalries to come together to fight a common foe.

Many joined the 11th (Service) Battalion, The East Lancashire Regiment, The Accrington Pals, who suffered enormous losses at The Battle of The Somme in 1916.

Here we are in 2014 - the Centenary season - and would like to take a moment to remember all the men from East Lancashire and in particular, The Accrington Pals and the players and staff from both clubs, who made the ultimate sacrifice, changing the world of football and the local and wider communities forever.

Lest We Forget