Nottingham Football Clubs Delighted to Host Greatest Games of Remembrance
Nottingham has a long and proud association with football, being home to double European Cup winners, Nottingham Forest, and the world’s oldest football club, Notts County. Both Nottingham Forest and Notts County will host two football matches as part of The Greatest Games of Remembrance, remembering those killed in WW1. The Games of Remembrance have been taking place since 2014. Troops from the British Army Football Association will take on their German counterparts, German Bundeswehr, to commemorate soldiers from both sides killed during the First World War. The day will also include displays of equipment, vehicles and military equipment.
Games of Remembrance to mark the centenary of Armistice Day
This year marks the centenary of Armistice Day, with both football clubs hosting the Games of Remembrance matches on 8th November. Notts County’s Meadow Lane will play host to the women’s match at midday. The men’s match will kick off at 7pm at Nottingham Forest’s home, the City Ground.
Former England international and Nottingham Forest defender, Michael Dawson, said: “I’ve been fortunate enough to experience walking out at City Ground on many occasions, and it’s a great feeling. I’m sure when the day comes, the footballers will also have that excitement and that buzz and they will enjoy it as much as I do.”
Also at the launch at Nottingham War Memorial Gardens was Notts County Ambassador and record goal scorer, Les Bradd, who said: “It’s a tremendous opportunity for the community of Nottingham to come out and honour all those people that fought in the War, 100 years ago. It’s a great honour that the Army are coming to Nottingham.”
Head Coach of the Army’s men side, Captain Sean Birchnall, said: “I was only recently appointed Head Coach this year and this will be my first competitive fixture. It will be at the home of the club I’ve supported since I’ve grown up, and having the honour to bring the Army rep team here to the Games of Remembrance is something I’m really, really looking forward to.”
World Cup-winning Sir Bobby Charlton has announced his support for the 2018 Games of Remembrance
“I’m honoured to support the Games of Remembrance,” said Sir Bobby. “I’ve played the game and worked with so many footballers over the years, but none could make me prouder than the men and women footballers who served the Great War effort 100 years ago.
Get your tickets
Tickets are now on sale from both the football grounds, with a £2.50 concession price to those in any uniformed service, under-16s, students and senior citizens. Some free group tickets are available for schools, youth groups and football clubs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notts County Football Club tickets on sale here.
Nottingham Forest Football Club tickets on sale here.