The event was launched at the Nottingham War Memorial Gardens.
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Nottingham Football Clubs To Host 'Greatest Games Of Remembrance'

Nottingham Forest & Notts County will host two football matches as part of The Greatest Games of Remembrance, remembering those killed in...

The event was launched at the Nottingham War Memorial Gardens.

The event was launched at the Nottingham War Memorial Gardens.

Nottingham Forest & 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 and it sees troops from the British Army Football Association take on their German counterparts, to commemorate soldiers from both sides killed during the First World War.

This year marks the centenary of Armistice Day, with both clubs hosting matches on 8 November.

Notts County's Meadow Lane will play host to the women's match at midday, while the men will kick off at 7pm at Nottingham Forest's home, the City Ground.

Michael Dawson speaks to Forces News

Former England international and Nottingham Forest defender, Michael Dawson, told Forces News: "For the guys to be walking out at the City Ground, I've been fortunate enough to experience that on many occasions, and the feeling it gives is a great feeling and I'm sure when the day comes in November, they'll have that excitement and that buzz and hopefully they enjoy it as much as I do.

"I live not too far from the [Yorkshire] Moors and I see the guys who are in Catterick, running along the Moors with their backpacks on and I think 'wow'.

"Us as footballers think we have it hard but the work that goes in, the fitness, the grueling stories that I hear, I know one or two people who are in it (the Army) and they're just incredible." 

Also at the launch was Notts County ambassador and record goalscorer, Les Bradd, who told Forces News: "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.

"I think it's a great honour that the Army have come to Nottingham and the ladies are going to be seen at Meadow Lane and the men at the City Ground."

Nottingham Forest's City Ground will host the men's match (Picture: PA).
Nottingham Forest's City Ground will host the men's match (Picture: PA).

In 2014, Nottingham was named Sport England's City of Football which granted the city £1.6 million to get more people involved with the sport.

The city is home to double European Cup winners, Nottingham Forest, and the world's oldest football club, Notts County.  

Head Coach of the Army's men side, Captain Sean Birchnall, said: "I was only recently appointed Head Coach of the Army team 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, is something I'm really, really looking forward to." 

Captain Sean Birchnall speaks to Forces News about the game and how his side "extremely" want to win. 

The day will also include displays of equipment, vehicles and military equipment.

Tickets go on sale to season ticket holders on 30 August and then to the general public on 7 September, with a £2.50 concession price to those in any uniformed service, under-16s, students and senior citizens.