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Remembrance Commemorations

7th November 2012

Friday's match against Livingston will see the Club commemorating Remembrance weekend.


We will once again welcome the participation of the British Army, and observe a minute's silence before kick-off.

The following story was published in this week's Metro newspaper: 

A football kicked by British soldiers attacking German trenches during World War I has been saved after being found in a box.


The leather ball was dribbled across no man's land by the football team of the London Irish Rifles.

The soldiers passed the ball to each other whilst under heavy machine gun fire as they advanced towards the Germans at the Battle of Loos in 1915.

The ball ended up being pierced on barbed wires on the German front line.

The battle resulted in 50,000 British casualties.  

The leather ball was recovered from the battle and put on display at the London Irish Rifles Museum.

The ball was later dumped in a box but has now been preserved and is at the museum in Camberwell, south London, this weekend to mark the regiment's St Patrick's Day parade.

Nigel Wilkinson, vice-chairman of the London Irish Rifles Regimental Association said: 'We are delighted that the ball has been conserved and will be okay for another 100 years.'

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