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Thank you: Cheltenham Town remembers this weekend

2 November 2018

Club News

Thank you: Cheltenham Town remembers this weekend

2 November 2018

Cheltenham Town will be commemorating the centenary of Armistice Day, the end of World War One at tomorrow's game against Mansfield Town.

Together with the Royal British Legion we'll be saying ‘thank you’ to the generation who lived through the war, served, sacrificed and changed our world.

The charity is calling on the public to remember not only the British and Commonwealth Armed Forces who lost their lives, but also those - military and civilian - who played their part on the home front and those who returned to build a better life for the benefit of generations to come.

The war left legacies that positively impact our lives today, from ground-breaking social change and timeless works of art to pioneering innovations.

Everyone has a reason to say ‘thank you’ 100 years on. We all have a connection to the First World War and this is a perfect time to find out more about our heritage.

That includes Cheltenham Town, and representatives from the club recently visited some of the cemeteries and memorials in northern France to say 'thank you' to the four players from the 1913/14 side who never returned home.

Special edition of The Robin

We have produced a special edition of The Robin this weekend and it features another stunning piece of writing by club historian Paul Godfrey.

To mark the 100th anniversary of the armistice, we visited the graves and memorials to those Cheltenham Town players killed in the War, all of which are situated in Northern France.

We took with us floral tributes provided by Robins fan Donna Beaver of the Cheltenham Flower Studio and using information to locate the memorials relatively easily.

We gave one the players, Dick Betteridge, pride of place on the front cover.

He was a Cheltenham plumber who was top scorer for Cheltenham Town in their North Gloucester League championship season of 1913-14 with 37 goals in 26 matches.

Read about the visit in tomorrow's The Robin, available in all four corners of the ground tomorrow for £3.

Thank you Cheltenham – a short film

We have also created a short film to mark the occasion, featuring some of current players and management who pay tribute to the people from from our community that paid the ultimate sacrifice.

We will be showing it a couple of times on the big screen ahead of kick-off so keep an eye out for that.

Royal British Legion – minute's silence

The Royal British Legion will be our special guests this weekend. The Chairman of the Gloucestershire branch and the standard bearer will lead the teams onto the pitch before joining the players for a minute's silence in the centre circle.

We ask all supporters to join us and pay tribute to all of those connected to Cheltenham Town and the community around us who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Bucket collection

Volunteers and members of the charity will be collecting money around the ground before kick-off and we encourage supporters to make a small contribution to say 'thank you'.

Coin toss

Bespoke commemorative coins from the Royal British Legion will be used for the coin toss at every Premier League, EFL and FA Cup match to pay tribute and say thank you to all those involved in the First World War.

Commemorative lapel pin badges

A special poppy lapel pin badge, featuring the poppy and club crest (pictured above), has also made to say 'thank you' and limited stocks are available to buy in the club shop.

They are priced £3 with every penny going to The Royal British Legion.


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