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Welsh football to honour the 1914 Christmas Truce

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FAWWELSH football teams, fans and schools are being asked to remember the First World War during ‘Football Remembers Week’ and to help create a unique photographic record of football a century on from the Christmas Truce. The Football Association of Wales (FAW) is joining with British Council Wales to help players and fans commemorate what took place on Christmas Day 1914 in Flanders, Belgium, when soldiers from both sides of the conflict laid down their arms to celebrate Christmas – with some even coming together to play games of football.

The FAW’s campaign will be led by the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League sides and the invitation to participate will also be extended to all of the association’s affiliated leagues. During Football Remembers week, December 6 -14 , players are asked to pose together in a group photograph as a mark of respect to those that played in the 1914 Christmas Truce match. Teams can then post their photographs on social media using the hashtag #FootballRemembers and the pictures will be automatically uploaded to a dedicated website via social media.

Director of British Council Wales, Jenny Scott, said: “Photos from any football match of any size can be uploaded, from school to Sunday league fixtures, five-a-side matches to kickabouts in the back garden. The website will act as a moment of record of football in 2014, a century on from the First World War, and will be preserved for future generations.

We hope to see many photographs from Wales uploaded on the site as commemoration of World War 1. The Christmas Truce is a poignant story that reminds us of the power of sport to cross boundaries and to make international friendships.” Gwyn Derfel, Corbett Sports WPL Secretary, said: “On November 17 the Wales international squad visited Artillery Wood Cemetery in the village of Boezinge near Ypres to pay their respects.

1307 soldiers are buried there, many of them are Welshmen. “The FAW is pleased to participate in the Football Remembers project and it is believed that a number of Welshmen were involved in the historic football match. “Local reports in Ypres suggest that the 1914 Christmas truce was started by a Welshman; William ‘Blackwood’ Jones who held up a copy of the local Pontypool newspaper as a white flag to start it all and that a Welsh regiment played in the match.”

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Haverfordwest County ask fans to stay away as football returns to Bridge Meadow

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HAVERFORDWEST COUNTY has asked fans not to attend the Bridge Meadow Stadium today, March 6, as the club restarts its JD Cymru Premier campaign.

The Bluebirds take on Cardiff Met in a game that kicks off at 2:30pm but, like all fixtures in the Cymru Premier, the game is being played behind closed doors.

A club statement asks fans not to congregate outside the stadium and adds that there are ‘rigorous protocols’ for those who must attend.

A spokesperson said: “Haverfordwest County AFC would like to urge all fans to stay at home for (the) fixture against Cardiff Met. For the foreseeable future, all matches will remain behind closed doors.

“The club, along with Welsh Government guidelines, explicitly forbids the congregation of fans outside the stadium to watch the game. There are numerous precautions in place to ensure that those who must attend the game, stick to rigorous protocols to remain safe.

“All match highlights will be available post-match, via Sgorio. We look forward to welcoming fans back to the Bridge Meadow, when it is safe to do so.”

The Club says that this will apply to all future home matches.

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Signed Wales shirts gifted to RNLI go up for auction

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FOLLOWING a winning start to the Six Nations Tournament, the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) have scored a winning try for the RNLI, gifting six signed rugby shirts to help save lives at sea.

Each rugby shirt has been signed by the full WRU squad and are accompanied by a certificate of authentication – a winning prize for any Welsh rugby fan.

To avoid a ruck for the WRU shirts the charity has placed all six signed shirts on an online auction, ensuring a fair game for all who wish to win the golden prize. The auction will be live until Wednesday, March 31, which allows plenty of time for supporters to bid for the team in red.

Each signed shirt includes Wales Captain, Mumbles RNLI supporter and the most capped international player of all time Alun Wyn Jones; as well as Louis Rees-Zammit, the Man of the Match in the nail-biting Scotland v Wales game.

Nick Evans, RNLI Fundraising and Partnership Lead said: ‘On behalf of the charity I would like to say a big thank you to the Welsh Rugby Union for donating these fantastic prizes to the RNLI. RNLI volunteers are on call 24-7 and are often called away from important events such as family celebrations – or international rugby tournaments – to respond to the pager if someone is in trouble at sea.

‘Like all charities, 2020 was a challenging year for the RNLI when all traditional fundraising had to stop – all our shops were closed, there were no collections and all events had to be cancelled. This is why we at the RNLI are so grateful to all the team at WRU for their ongoing support. The auction is now live and we would like to encourage all Wales rugby supporters to throw the RNLI a lifeline and place their bid for the winning prize.’

To place a bid or find out more about the charity auction please visit https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/rnliwru.

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Five subs to be allowed for JD Cymru Premier clubs

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THE FAW’s National Leagues Board has confirmed that JD Cymru Premier clubs will be permitted to make five substitutions in matches, in accordance with the Laws of the Game, until the end of the 2020-21 top-flight season.

FIFA extended the use of the rule, which was first introduced following the COVID-19 outbreak, citing “player welfare” as part of the reason for the temporary amendment to Law 3 of the Laws of the Game.

FIFA stated that “Some competitions which resumed in 2020 may have a shorter-than-usual recovery/preparation period before the start of their next season.”

“For many competitions, the 2020/21 season will involve matches being played in a condensed period due to a delayed start and the inability to end later than usual because of major international tournaments.”

With the JD Cymru Premier set to restart on March 2, the National Leagues Board has approved the use of the rule in the JD Cymru Premier until the end of the current campaign.

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