On Saturday Nottingham Forest take on Stoke City away at the bet365 stadium and, the Mercian Regiment will be the main match sponsors on the day. Recruited from the five counties that formed the ancient kingdom of Mercia and known as The Heart of England’s Infantry, the regiment was formed on 1st September 2007. The Mercian Regiment has deployed on 11 operational tours since its formation, including Iraq and Afghanistan, making it one of the most operationally experienced. The regiment is made up of two regular battalions, based in Bulford and Chester, and a reserve battalion based in Wolverhampton.

 

Soldiers from the regiment will be outside the Franklyn Stand and Delilah’s Bar to give both Stoke City and visiting Nottingham Forest fans a greater insight into what they do and offer military career advice. The Mercian Regimental Band, Army cadets and Private Derby, a Swaledale ram who is the regiment’s mascot, will also be out in force on match day. During the build-up to kick off, soldiers will show the latest kit and equipment that the modern ‘Mercian warrior’ uses on operations and exercises.

 

Lieutenant Colonel Fraser Cuttle MBE, Commanding Officer of Wolverhampton-based 4th Battalion The Mercian Regiment, said, “This is a great opportunity for supporters from Staffordshire and Nottinghamshire to meet soldiers from their home towns. We have been these counties’ regiment for over 330 years. Our soldiers represent their counties with pride on operati9ons throughout the world and are keen to talk about their experiences.”

 

“Our soldiers become Mercian Warriors in the Mercian Regiment, but what truly makes them a Mercian is where they are from and the strong sense of belonging and support they receive from people at home. The generosity of Stoke City and Nottingham Forest has been remarkable and is testament to the value they place upon the Mercian Regiment and their local soldiers.”Major General Ian Cave, Colonel of the Mercian Regiment, said,

“We are proud to sponsor this Championship match between teams from two of our key counties.. Sport plays a large part in the Regiment in keeping out troops engaged and involved.”
The Mercians are recruiting for many roles, including infantry positions for women. Supporters are urged to speak to the soldiers or, if interested in a career in the British Army, can visit army.mod.uk/careers.