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Remembrance Gallery

28 October 2018

A gallery of images depicting the club's remembrance events at the Rotherham United fixture, PNE's final home game before the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.

Prior to kick-off, the club unveiled a brand new memorial at Deepdale, which features the names of the 21 former first team, reserve and amateur players registered with the club who lost their lives in the war between 1914 and 1918.

It also shows their regiment, when they died and the place they now rest and is located just to the left of the Dick, Kerr Ladies memorial.

Club historian Ian Rigby was on hand to see his idea come to fruition, and was joined by representatives of The Fourth Battalion The Duke Of Lancaster's Regiment and club officials to unveil the memorial.

Following the unveiling, club chaplain Chris Nelson gave a reading of The Ode, before The Last Post was played and Chief Executive John Kay placed a wreath at the foot of the new marble structure.

As the teams came out for kick-off, they were led by service personnel and the players were accompanied by 21 local primary school children, representing those who are remembered on the memorial, with each child wearing a PNE shirt bearing the name of one of those 21 on the back of their shirt.

As both teams, the officials, service personnel and the children gathered around the centre circle, The Last Post was again played with the names of those players who passed away in World War One were shown on the big screen, with a moment of silence following.

North End's players wore poppies on the front of their shirts, as did the children leading out the teams.

Saturday’s match programme was also a very special remembrance edition, featuring a unique cover, with 21 red poppies representing those who passed away and profiles of all the players from the research undertaken by Ian Rigby.

You can read more on each of those players by clicking here to read our Twitter thread containing further details.


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