Football teams from Great Britain and Germany are set to come together to take part in The Games of Remembrance in Nottingham next week.
To commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War, Nottinghamshire is this year being host of the National Games of Remembrance with two games being played at Meadow Lane and the City Ground.
The games being played on Thursday 8 November.
The first kick-off is at noon at Meadow Lane where the Great British women’s Army against the Germany Army women’s side, then the men’s British Army will take to the field at the City Ground against the German men’s team at 7PM.
Jake Cochrane, 23 from Belfast: “It’s a terrific idea that both clubs have agreed to do and make happen. We shouldn’t forget about what happened 100 years ago and playing a football to raise money is a great way to do so.”
The match will be in played in nod of that game on Boxing Day in 1914, during the horrific welfare German and British troops agreed to call a truce for one day and decided to meet in No Man’s Land, exchanged gifts, sing carols and play a football match.
Councillor Keith Girling, Armed Forces Champion at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “It is an incredible opportunity for us, we’re all very proud and honoured to have been chosen as hosts for the games. It’s going to be a very significant day for not just everyone involved, but the country.”
The match also allows people a chance to pay tribute for those in Nottingham who gave up their careers and lives for their country with no choice. These are:
- Arthur Clamp – Notts County
- Strawson Wilson – Mansfield Mechanics and Sheffield Wednesday
- Douglas Hardcastle – Worksop Town and Derby County.
Adult ticket prices are £5 for Thursday’s games with a family and concession options available. More details about the event can be found at: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/nottsremembers