On Saturday 9th November, Nottingham Forest took on Derby County at The City Ground. It was not only a special game due to it being the East Midlands derby, but it was also the Remembrance fixture paying tribute to those who lost their lives in The Great War.
This fixture was chosen as it fell closest to Armistice Day (11th November). In attendance, was 94-year-old D-Day Navy veteran Ralph McClure. Ralph, who is originally from Nottingham, led both of the teams out on to the pitch and laid down the wreath of Remembrance Poppies.
As part of the Remembrance Day tribute we had 10 of our Forest Forces Veterans standing pitch-side to take part in the guard of honour ceremony. Before the match began, there was a minutes’ silence held as a member of the military band played the Last Post. This was a special moment as both clubs united to pay tribute to those who fought bravely to protect our country.
On the day, Nottingham Forest Community Trust were presented with a cheque of £15,000. The incredible donation was raised by The British Army Football Association and kindly donated to The Trust.
To find out more information about our Forest Forces programme click here.