cheque presentation Game of Truce

Games of Remembrance Presentations

Last November saw Nottingham host two football matches between British and German Armed Forces to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War

and to remember the sacrifices made by tens of millions of serving personnel and civilians.

With its strong links to football, Nottingham was the perfect place to hold this Armistice event. Notts County hosted the women’s game and Nottingham Forest host the men’s.

On Saturday prior to the English Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Derby County presentations were made from monies raised from the day to four charities.

On the pitch were the Lord Lieutenant of Nottingham, Sir John Peace, together with Colonel Colin Francis, Deputy Chairman of the Army FA and Major Sean Birchnall and Private Demi Edwards who were representing the British Army men’s and women’s team.

Sir John and Colonel Francis presented the cheques.

Calum Osbourne accepted a cheque for £15,000 on behalf of the Nottingham Forest Community Trust and Ian Boyd from Notts County Football in the Community will also accepted a cheque for £15,000. George Dent from the
Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Benevolent Fund based in Loughborough accepted a cheque for £5,000 and its German equivalent also received £5,000. Mark Smith also received a cheque for 5,000 on behalf of Nottinghamshire Royal British Legion.

The Army Football Association would like to thank everybody who made the event possible including Fujitsu, Experian and the Army Sports Control Board and our partners who included the National Football Museum, The Woodland Trust, Never Such Innocence, Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottingham City Council and the Lord Lieutenant of Nottingham.

Following the cheque presentation there was a Guard of Honour from the Army Cadet Force who were flanked by 12 Nottingham Forest Armed Forces Veterans club members who stood beside the Cadets for the Guard of Honour. The wreath laying was completed by Ralph McClure, one of the last surviving D-Day landing veterans from Nottingham. The veteran walked out with the two teams. Forest won the match 1-0 in front of a sell out 29,314 attendance.