Hammers honour Armistice Day

The players and staff of West Ham United paused at 11am today to mark Armistice Day.

The two-minute silence was observed out on the Chadwell Heath practice pitch, with coaching staff bringing a halt to the morning session to observe the two-minute silence. All present gathered in a circle for the impeccably-observed tribute on an overcast morning in south Essex.

The silence always happens at 11am on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, to reflect the time that guns along the western front fell silent for a final time at the end of World War I in 1918.

Since then, Armistice Day is a way for people to remember those who gave their lives in the two world wars and all subsequent conflicts. West Ham United players wore shirts featuring the poppy emblem of the Royal British Legion for their last match and these will be signed and auctioned off for the charity at a later date.