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Remembrance

Games Of Remembrance: What Can You Expect On The Day?

Yes, there will be first class football to be seen at both matches but what else will be there to entertain you?

Game Of Truce 2014 British Army v Bundeswehr Football Archive Image

Nottingham is to host two football matches between British and German military teams to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War and remember the sacrifices made by tens of millions of serving personnel and civilians.

As Forces Radio BFBS Hal Stewart discovered while speaking to the Vice Chairman of the British Army Football Association, Colonel Richard Hayhurst, these games aren't all about winning. There's a deeper meaning.

"We'd be foolish to say that... all sets of players won't be competitive on the day but the overall message is about commemoration in this very special year, 100 years after the end of the First World War.

"Both countries are keen to really galvanise the recognition of sacrifices on both sides."

HEAR from Colonel Richard Hayhurst in the clip below.

Football played a crucial role during the First World War in keeping British and German troops motivated and fit.

It was the first time women took to the sport in big numbers to boost morale and raise funds for the millions of veterans returning with life-changing injuries.

All professional UK football clubs in 1914 were encouraged to help recruit young men to serve during the First World War.

"Nearly 3,000 professional footballers fought in World War One, from all sorts of regiments right across the British Army."

1st Battalion Wiltshire Regiment playing football Bouzincourt September 1916 © IWM (Q 1108) and female football team of Palmers Shipbuilding Company Limited Hebburn-on-Tyne "Palmers Munitionettes" © IWM (Q 110074)
Credit: © IWM (Q 1108) and © IWM (Q 110074)

If you are based overseas you will be able to watch the Games Of Remembrance on BFBS Sport.

The match between the Army women's football team and their German counterparts kicks off at midday on November 8 with coverage starting on BFBS Sport at 11:50am. The men's match kicks off at 7pm with coverage once again starting ten minutes before the action starts.

Tickets are still available to buy for each match and the money raised will go to the Notts County Community Trust, the Nottingham Forest Community Trust, the Royal British Legion, a German Armed Forces rehabilitation centre and for the First World War Commemoration Wood to be created by the Woodland Trust.

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Posted by BFBS TV on Tuesday, 6 November 2018

There will be performances from artists who are already very familiar to Britain's Armed Forces.

"Laura Wright who was singing at Twickenham this week is coming to sing with the Military Wives Choir."

Classically trained singer Carly Paoli, who grew up in Nottinghamshire, will also be performing.

"She's a tremendous singer, from this part of the world, in Mansfield, so she's very kindly coming to support us."

The music entertainment doesn't end there. The Band Of The Royal Signals and The King's Division will join forces to become a 60 piece strong military band.

There will also be two hours before each match of military fan zone activities and stands to keep younger football fans entertained.

"Great support from 7 Brigade, the Desert Rats from here in Chilwell and numerous activities and stands coming from all over the British Army and some music from the REME pop band.

"And a load of activities from the Army roadshow which is a football based activity centre."

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