Games of Remembrance
Nottingham County Football Club and Nottingham Forest Football Club have joined forces with the British Army Football Association to host The Greatest Games of Remembrance on Thursday 8 November.
The Games of Remembrance have been taking place since 2014 and see troops from the British Army Football Association take on the German Bundeswehr (Armed Forces) to commemorate soldiers from both sides who made the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War.
This year also marks the centenary of Armistice Day and saw both clubs host football games on Thursday, 8 November. Notts County, hosted the women's match at their stadium in Meadow Lane with the match kick-off at midday. The men’s match took place at 7pm at Nottingham Forest's City Ground.
Footballing legends Les Bradd and John McGovern joined Notts County Captain, Richard Duffy and Forest player, Michael Dawson at the Victorian Embankment War Memorial on Thursday, 23 August to drum up support for the event.
Sir John Peace, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, said: "It's an honour to welcome The Games of Remembrance football matches to Nottinghamshire marking the centenary of the Armistice, and remembering the many brave men and women from both countries who sadly lost their lives 100 years ago.
"Nottingham is intrinsically linked with the beautiful game and we're looking forward to fans playing their part to mark the Centenary. The Greatest Games of Remembrance are an opportunity for communities across Nottinghamshire to come together to pay their respects, learn more about the First World War and watch two highly competitive matches."
A number of club legends also attended both matches.
The football-filled day had something for everyone to enjoy including displays of equipment, vehicles and military music to create a very special commemorative atmosphere. The match day ticket also provided entry into a family friendly fan zone which was open at the grounds 2 hours before kick-off.
Army FA Chairman, General Mitch Mitchell MBE, said: “Hosting the games wouldn't be possible without so many first-class partners including Notts County FC Chairman Alan Hardy, Nottingham Forest FC owner Evangelos Marinakis and Chairman Nicholas Randall Q.C, Nottinghamshire County and Nottingham City Council.
"Football speaks to many people, in many languages. At the heart of communities around the world is a football club, great or small. And in both the UK and Germany it is the National game and the Forces game too. Nottingham has such a significant footballing history with two great clubs so close together - we couldn't think of a more fitting City to host the matches.
"The 100th anniversary of the Armistice deserves a special commemoration; and communities across Nottinghamshire have such an important role to play. We would like as many club supporters, families, schools, community groups, uniformed workers to join us for one if not both matches."