The match commemorated the impromptu football games played between opposing troops on the Western Front in December 1914. The modern version took place in the run-up to Christmas at Aldershot Town Football Club’s home ground, the EBB Stadium.
It proved to be a memorable evening. Along with representatives from Driver Hire, watching from the terraces were World Cup-winning hero Sir Bobby Charlton, Football Association chairman Greg Dyke and General Sir Nicholas Carter, chief of the general staff and president of the army FA. Musical entertainment pre-match and at half time came from the band of the Royal Logistics Corp. In a thrilling match, where perhaps the result wasn’t the most important thing, the British Army squad came out 1-0 winners.
Richard Owen-Hughes, Driver Hire Group marketing director, commented: “Driver Hire has worked with many people from the British Army Forces over the years. A number of our franchisees are ex-services. So we’re thrilled to be one of the key sponsors of this event. It marks such a poignant moment in the First World War, a symbol of humanity on the battlefield, and a fitting commemoration to the men on both sides who spent Christmas 1914 in the trenches.”