DUNCAN EDWARDS PEACE FIELD
Jude evokes spirit of Duncan Edwards
Jude evokes spirit of Duncan Edwards in dazzling England display. Following his man of the match performance for England in their emphatic 6-2 victory over Iran at the World Cup Finals in Qatar on Monday, 19-year-old Jude Bellingham is putting the football spotlight firmly back on the Black Country for the first time in more than 60 years by reviving memories of the great Duncan Edwards.
Black Country boys Bellingham and Edwards made their full international debuts for England at Wembley in their teens 65 years apart.
Edwards was 18 when he scored for England in a 7-2 win over Scotland in 1955 and Bellingham was a year younger at 17 when he scored for England as they ran out 3-0 winners against Northern Ireland at Wembley in November 2020.
Both players served their football apprenticeships in the Black Country with Duncan playing for Dudley Boys and Worcestershire Boys while Jude spent his early years playing for Stourbridge. Their football careers then followed identical routes as they were each selected to play for England at every level from schoolboy to full international.
Edwards signed for Manchester United in 1952 and was regarded as one of the greatest footballers in the world before his death following the Munich air disaster in February 1958.
Bellingham joined Birmingham City at under-eights level after leaving Stourbridge and played in the under-23 team at the age of 15. He made his first team debut against Portsmouth in August 2019, becoming City’s youngest ever first-team player, and made 41 first team appearances before signing for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga in July 2020. To date, he has scored 19 goals and become one of the most talked about talents in world football.
Jim Cadman, chairman of Duncan Edwards United, said: “We would like to thank Jude for supporting the Duncan Edwards Peace Field at the Dell Stadium in Dudley by donating a signed Borussia Dortmund shirt for our fundraising.
“This ongoing project involves football pitches all over the world being twinned with the site of the iconic 1914 Christmas Truce football match in Belgium in World War One.”
The shirt signed by Bellingham will be auctioned along with the original artwork of the ‘Black County Boys – White England Shirt Portrait’ by Black Country-based graphic artist Paul Burns at the Duncan Edwards 65th Anniversary Memorial Dinner at the Copthorne Hotel, Dudley, on Tuesday, February 21 2023.
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FOOTBALL LEGENDS SET TO SIGN FOR DUNCAN
At the Memories and Memorabilia Football Fair
Football Legends will be out in force at the Memories and Memorabilia Football Fair at the Copthorne Hotel in Dudley on Sunday, November 13th – signing autographs and posing for photographs for visitors with full size replicas of the trophies that they won – the FA Cup and the European Champions Cup.
The Legends include Aston Villa’s First Division Champions and 1982 European Cup Winners, Captain Dennis Mortimer, Tony Morley and Colin Gibson – who also played for Manchester United
Dave Bennett – who was the first black player to appear at Wembley in an FA Cup Final for Manchester City in 1981 and returned to Wembley with Coventry City in 1987 to win an FA Cup Winners Medal as they beat Spurs 3 -2.
Jim McCalliog – (Scotland International)a member of the Wolves team in the Final of the UEFA Cup in 1972 in the Manchester United Squad that won the Second Division Championship in 1975 winner of an FA Cup Winners Medal in 1976 with Southampton.
Bob Taylor –One of West Bromwich Albion’s greatest ever strikers – ‘Super Bob’ scored 113 goals in 324 appearances for the Baggies in two at the Hawthorns between 1992 and 2003
Roy of the Rovers – will be at the Fair in ‘Comic Strip’ form to celebrate his 65th Anniversary with his with his creator – the international sports artist – Paul Trevillion.
Jim Cadman, chairman of Duncan Edwards United said:
“We are honoured that these players are being linked with our project, which involves football pitches all over the world being twinned with the iconic 1914 Christmas Truce football match on Flanders Field in Belgium in World War One.”
Running from 10am to 4pm, the event will showcase an extensive range of vintage football memorabilia presented by some of the country’s top dealers and collectors.
Admission for Adults is £10 with children under 16 FREE and includes free autographs and photographs with guest players who will pose with visitors holding full size replicas of the FA Cup, the European Cup and the World Cup trophy.
ALL PROFITS FROM THIS EVENT WILL GO TO THE DUNCAN EDWARDS PEACE FIELD PROJECT
All of the great teams want to play on the Duncan Edwards Peace Field Pitch.
Following the appearance of the Sir Tom Finney Preston Soccer Centre Team in the Semi Finals of the Duncan Edwards Peace Field Festival – the Italian National Team trained on the pitch before their International Match against England at Molineux
Duncan Edwards Peace Field Festival on Sunday 22 May 2022
The Aston Villa legend holding a picture of Dudley’s son and Manchester United Legend. Denis Mortimer (left) holding the Duncan Edwards Peace Field poster. The first ever Duncan Edwards Peace Field Festival was the venue where Jim Cadman, Duncan Edwards Tribute (right) passed the Peace Poppy Ball to Pete Mason representing the Sir Tom Finney Peace Field Project.
‘The Children’s Football Alliance are very proud to have such formidable football legends Duncan Edwards and Sir Tom Finney joining the International Peace Fields Project. Their legacy continues to inspire their communities through the essence of the game so clearly defined at the 1914 First World War Christmas truces’. Mick Gale, International Children’s Football Alliance, Peace Field Project Ambassador
Denis Law Legacy Trust have very kindly sent some shirts for the team that will be representing the Trust at the Duncan Edwards Peace Games Sunday 22nd May, 2022. The games are set to add to the legacy of the legendary footballers.
04/04/22. By Jim Cadman.
Our first get together at the Duncan Edwards Peace Field Site was a great success and it was good to see how many young people attended the photo shoot in their football kit.
We are very proud to be working with The Stourbridge District Youth League, who have 6,550 registered players at 99 clubs with 550 boys’ teams and 70 girls’ teams.
The Duncan Peace Field Pitch will be available to teams and groups of mixed gender and diversity that represent communities across all demographics in Dudley, Stourbridge, Worcester, Kinver, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Gornal, Halesowen, Sedgley, Netherton.
We have had a wonderful response to the Duncan Edwards Peace Field Site – and in these troubled times it is an honour to be actively involved in a football project that celebrates the ethos of peace through play.
DUCAN EDWARDS PEACE FIELD
A Duncan Edwards Peace Field Plaque was unveiled at the Dell Stadium in Brierley Hill, Dudley on Thursday, 11 November 2021. The site is now twinned with Flanders Peace Field in Mesen, Belgium, site of the First World War, 1914 Christmas truces.
In the week leading up to Christmas 1914, German, British and allied soldiers stopped fighting to sing festive songs. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, some ventured into no man’s land to exchange gifts and to play games of football. Today the truce is remembered as a symbolic moment of peace and humanity.
The Black Country’s most famous footballing son, Duncan Edwards uncle Private Sidney Edwards,, served in the 9th Worcester Battalion during World War One and was killed in 1917 in Kut al-Amara, Mesopotamia, now part of Iraq. He is remembered on the Dudley World War One Memorial.
As part of an initiative by the National Children’s Football Alliance, there are 41 peace pitches across five continents in countries including the USA, Argentina, Ghana, Israel and Australia.
The football pitch at the Bryce Road site was officially declared the Duncan Edwards Peace Field as civic dignitaries, former team mates of Duncan, and ex Aston Villa European Cup Winner Tony Morley were in attendance.
Councillor Steve Clark, said, ‘ The Duncan Edwards Peace Field is a wonderful initiative and sobering reminder to us all of the sacrifaces made for our freedom, as well as a tribute to Dudley’s most famous footballing son’.
Jim Cadman, of the Duncan Edwards Tribute, said, ‘The positive response to our plans for the Duncan Edwards Peace Field Project has been remarkable’. ‘It will now provide a strong platform to promote the football heritage of Duncan Edwards – and link his birth place of Dudley with some of the greatest cities of the world.’
Paul Cooper, Director, National Children’s Football Alliance, said, ‘It is a great honour to be here today. Duncan Edwards legacy is here for young people to learn about the power of football and how it brings us all togeth