This morning at 11am, representatives from Newport County AFC’s Community, Academy, and First Team gathered at Llanwern High School to plant a tree in remembrance of all the footballers who lost their lives fighting in World War One.
The Club’s Honorary President, David Hando, said a few words as the tree was planted and a moments reflection was held on completion.
The location of Llanwern High School is fitting as it is the home of the County in the Community College Programme and also acts as the training base for the younger academy age groups.
The tree was donated by the EFL and Woodland trust and is a living tribute to footballers who lost their lives in World War One. Among the footballers whose lives were lost were County’s own Bob Hammett and Alfred Edwards.
Hammett made his debut for Newport in the final game of the 1913/14 Season and was tragically killed in action on 25th September 1916. Alfred Edwards was sadly killed in action just a week before Armistice was signed.
2018 marks 100 years since the Armistice and to remember the occasion, Newport County AFC have been involved in a series of activities. The first team have worn poppies on their shirts on two occasions and will wear them again on Saturday 17th November for our Remembrance Match vs Colchester United.
Representatives from the Club also joined the Newport Remembrance March on Sunday 11th November.