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Joining in the tribute

4 August 2014

10pm tonight marks the 100th anniversary of Britain joining the First World War.

National press are urging all to leave lights off at that time in remembrance of those from all sides involved who lost their lives in the most bloody conflict fought - a War that would change lives and the face of Europe forever.

Bramall Lane was a recruitment and training ground for troops who fought in this conflict - there are some emotive pictures of enlistment campaigners in front of the Kop at half time in a Sheffield derby as well as young men preparing to travel to their fates across the channel by being put through drill at our famous stadium. The Cricket Pavilion was also used as a hospital for the wounded of the conflict for a time

Sheffield United remain the only Football Club to win the FA Cup during a war - the game is known forever as the 'Khaki Cup Final' due to the number of soldiers in the crowd at Old Trafford who saw us beat Chelsea by 3-0. Jimmy Revill, outside left for the Club in the lead up to the conflict, lost his life in France leaving a widow and family behind.

Of course, at 10pm tonight our famous home will be in darkness, but in remembrance the main flag of the John Street stand will fly at half mast in tribute to those who gave so much and made the ultimate sacrifice. We would encourage all members of our extended football family to turn a light out and do the same.

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