One hundred years after the end of the First World War, the Games of Remembrance bring stories of courage and sacrifice to Nottingham through the power of the Beautiful Game.
To mark the birthday of Sir Bobby Charlton, the British Army is delighted to announce this hero of British football has very kindly agreed to support the Games which are taking place in Nottingham on 8th November.
Sir Bobby Charlton has told us: “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.”
I’m honoured to support the Games of Remembrance. Sir Bobby Charlton
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.”
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 8 November.”
The Games of Remembrance
On Thursday 8th November, 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 war. The Games also signify the strong bonds which now exist between the two nations.
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 the Football Clubs for their hospitality. We hope the football fans and the whole community will get involved.
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 here www.gamesofremembrance.com/tributes
Due to the fantastic 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 firstname.lastname@example.org