Latics and Wigan Council join forces to commemorate Christmas Truce Match for the visit of Rotherham United
- Latics and Rotherham teams to walk out to military fanfare.
- Day of Christmas Truce-related events inside and outside the DW Stadium.
- Food and Drink stalls open outside the DW Stadium from 10.00am.
Wigan Athletic v Rotherham United
Saturday 20 December 2014
Sky Bet Championship
Football is commemorating the centenary of the 1914 Christmas Truce matches this month, to remember the extraordinary moment when soldiers from both sides of the World War I trenches downed their arms for Christmas and took part in games of football – and Wigan Athletic are delighted to be playing their part this weekend.
The Wigan Athletic and Rotherham United teams will come onto to the field to the sound of a military fanfare in what will be the culmination of a fabulous day and supporters are therefore being urged to come early to the DW Stadium this Saturday and take part in a programme of events laid on by the club, in association with Wigan Council, The Rotary Club of Wigan and The Veterans Association.
Food and drinks stalls will be open outside the stadium to give an authentic taste of 1914, as Veterans Sweetheart Sarah Dennis will sing wartime favourites and tops a musical bill which includes the Lancashire Artillery Band, Scots Guard, Wigan Youth Zone Pemberton Old Boys Brass Band, The Piccadillys and The Armistice Pals.
The Territorial Army, Army, Navy and RAF cadets and Forces Charities will be presenting varying displays of military vehicles and uniforms, de-classed weapons, along with a vintage military aeroplane outside the stadium.
There will even be a giant photo of the Wigan United team of 1919 with a cut out for fans to have their pictures taken.
GENERAL TIMING OF EVENTS
Food and drink stalls open at Robin Park.
Krobar marquee open selling beer & Gluhwein at £3.50 a pint.
Scots Guards arrive on site to perform toward Robin Park.
Cadets on site distributing info leaflet about the story of the truce.
DW Sports Lounge and Marquee open to the public.
Wigan Athletic Community Trust staff with placards bearing old news headlines.
Royal British Legion attendance doing collections.
Combined army band to play outside stadium and at Robin Park.
DW Sports brass band to take to the field and play Christmas carols.
Sarah Dennis to take to the pitch to sing 'I Will Remember You'.
Gun wheeled in to the stadium.
The Mayor of Wigan, standard bearers, military band and Scots Guard band to march and perform in the stadium.
Players walkout to marching music and fanfare.
Minute’s silence commencing and ending with the firing of the gun, and sounding of the last post.
Up and coming girl band The Piccadillys to perform 'Silent Night'.
Community Trust staff take to the field for the Community Club of the Year presentation.
‘Where have all the flowers gone?’ - A new charity track recorded in Wigan by The Armstice Pals to be played on the PA.