It is well known that 98 years ago on Christmas Eve, German and British Troops brought a temporary ceasefire to the Great War and had a game of football in no mans land. New evidence has come to light that the war may have only resumed when a soldier was wounded after being hit on the head with a football.
Notable ex player, football pundit and amateur historian, Jimmy Greaves, has made a startling discovery. After watching the recent, near fatal footballing incident involving Robin van Persie, Jimmy revisited evidence from his grandfather's memoirs that indicates the two sides were ready to shake hands and call it a day on the 24th December 1914. It transpires that Reginald Greaves was in the trenches on that fateful day and may even be the catalyst that resulted in the continuation of the war and the deaths of millions of soldiers, turning the wheels of fate that resulted in World War 2 decades later. A transcript from Reginald's diary recalls that fateful day;
'Christmas Eve 24th December 1914. Brits and Huns declared a ceasefire and initiated a game of football as a gesture of goodwill. Playing football with the enemy opened our eyes to the fact the the Huns are just like us, decent men who have families and lives to go back to. Had a nice chat with a chap called Adolf Hitler,seemed like a decent bloke. It transpires that both sides are discussing an immediate end to the war and peace between nations. Accidently hit Adolf on the head with the football which caused minor trauma, Hun remonstrated with me and declared death to all Brits, screamed that I have a Jewish complexion and promised to wipe all Jews from the face of the Earth. Personally I don't think it's anything to worry about and the renewed cannon and gunfire is merely everyone letting off steam and enjoying the festivities.'
In light of this compelling new evidence, historians will no doubt want to rewrite the history books. Although Jimmy is understandably distraught at the news that his grandfather may have been ultimately responsible for the death of millions of men and the untold misery heaped upon the world during the two wars, he is comforted by the rumour that another relative, Oswald Greaves, may have been the cause for the most decisive victory in the Royal Navys history, when he advised Lord Nelson to use footballs instead of cannonballs at the Battle of Trafalgar.