September 9, 1914
British soldiers have a game at Havre with a French sentry as spectator.
Our illustration shows a number of British soldiers in camp at Havre having a game of football whilst waiting to go to the front, with a French sentry as spectator. The Englishmen’s love of sport is proverbial all the world over, and even Drake, so story tells, finished his game of bowls before going out to tight the Spanish Armada!
In England the official football “season” began on September 1, but many fixtures have been abandoned, and players under both “Rugger” and “Soccer” codes are going to the front. In Glasgow a battalion of players and football followers is to be formed, and all the football fields in the city are to be made recruiting centres. Other cities are following suit. At Cardiff sixty noted local athletes enlisted in one day.
(Source: Illustrated War News: September 9, 1914; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
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