Games of Remembrance come to Meadow Lane

Notts County and Nottingham Forest have joined forces with the British Army Football Association to host the Greatest Games of Remembrance on Thursday 8 November.

The Games of Remembrance, which first took place in 2014, 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.

This year also marks the centenary of Armistice Day, with Notts will hosting the women's match at Meadow Lane (kick-off 12pm).

The men’s match will take place at The City Ground (7pm).

Notts legend Les Bradd, along with club captain Richard Duffy, represented the Magpies at a launch event at the Victoria Embankment war memorial this afternoon.

European Cup-winning captain John McGovern joined Michael Dawson for the Reds.

Sir John Peace, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, said: "It's an honour to welcome the Games of Remembrance football matches to Nottinghamshire marking the centenary of the Armistice, and remembering the many brave men and women from both countries who sadly lost their lives 100 years ago. 

"Nottingham is intrinsically linked with the beautiful game and we're looking forward to fans playing their part to mark the Centenary.

"The Greatest Games of Remembrance are an opportunity for communities across Nottinghamshire to come together to pay their respects, learn more about the First World War and watch two highly competitive matches."

Tickets are now on general sale and are available to purchase at the club shop.

A family ticket (one adult and two children) for the match at Meadow Lane is priced £5.

For the evening match at the City Ground, entry for two adults and two children is priced £10.

A £2.50 concession price is available for any uniformed services, under 16s, students and senior citizens.

A limited number of free group tickets are available for schools, youth groups and football clubs. Please email to apply.

The football-filled day will have something for everyone to enjoy, including displays of equipment, vehicles and military music to create a very special commemorative atmosphere.

Tickets will also provide entry into a family-friendly, fan zone which will open at the grounds two hours before kick-off.

Army FA chairman, General Mitch Mitchell MBE, said: “Hosting the games wouldn't be possible without so many first-class partners including Notts County chairman Alan Hardy, Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis and their chairman, Nick Randall QC.

"Football speaks to many people in many languages. At the heart of communities around the world is a football club, great or small.

"And in both the UK and Germany it is the national game and the Forces' game too.

"Nottingham has such a significant footballing history with two great clubs so close together - we couldn't think of a more fitting city to host the matches. 

"The 100th anniversary of the Armistice deserves a special commemoration; and communities across Nottinghamshire have such an important role to play. We would like as many club supporters, families, schools, community groups, uniformed workers to join us for one if not both matches."

Notts commercial director Amanda Fletcher added: "We couldn't be prouder to be welcoming the Greatest Games of Remembrance to Meadow Lane.

"It's a huge honour for us to be part of this magnificent event and we encourage the city of Nottingham to come along to both matches to support this commemorative occasion."

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