Picture: Crown Copyright / Sir Bobby Charlton with the British Army Football Team
One hundred years after the end of the First World War the courageous stories of those who made the ultimate sacrifice will be told through the power of football, at the Games Of Remembrance.
One of the greatest midfielders of all time, Sir Bobby Charlton, has agreed to support the Games of Remembrance saying "Look behind the photos, be surprised what you find out; and join the Games on 8th November.”
On Thursday, November 8, British Army and German Armed Forces teams will play football matches to mark the centenary and to pay respect to the many men and women, civilian and military, who lost their lives during the First World War. The Games also signify the strong bonds which now exist between the two nations.
When asked why the Games Of Remembrance means so much to him, Sir Bobby Charlton replied:
“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.”
Explaining the gesture, Sir Bobby said: “I’m honoured to support the Games of Remembrance. Look behind the photos, be surprised what you find out; and join the Games on 8th November.”
One of the organisers, and the Chairman of Army Football, General Mitch Mitchell said:
“It’s a massive privilege to have the support of a footballing legend like Sir Bobby Charlton for the Games of Remembrance, and what’s more, he has given us permission to use some photographs of when he met the British Army Football Team to help promote the Games.”
Nottingham Forest and Notts County Football Clubs have joined forces with the British Army Football Association to host The Games. They will 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.
With its strong links to football, Nottingham is the perfect place to hold this significant armistice event, and the British Army is grateful to the people of Nottingham and to Nottingham County Football Club for their hospitality.
The football-filled day will have something for all ages to enjoy, including youth fan zones; displays of military equipment and vehicles at the football grounds and music from a military band. Kelly Smith is the first footballing hero to be announced as attending, with further club legends still to be announced.
You can get involved beforehand too, by creating video tributes to footballers who served in the First World War herewww.gamesofremembrance.com/tributes
Due to the generosity of sponsors, it has been possible to fund 10,000 tickets for schools, community groups and local grassroots football clubs and some free transport. Although more than half have been allocated it is still possible for requests to be made via [email protected]
British Army vs German Armed Forces Football Matches
Notts County FC - midday kick-off (Women’s match)
Nottingham Forest FC – 7pm kick-off (Men’s match)
Tickets £5, £2.50 concessions and uniformed workers and great discounts for families
Free tickets for youth groups and schools
Secure your seat today: www.gamesofremebrance.com or via clubs
Get involved in the Fan Zone, opening two hours before kick-off – including, music, bands, life rafts, tanks and a whole host of interactive stalls to enjoy.