Over the weekend of the 10th and 11th of September, the friends of the Green Howards Museum with the support of The Yorkshire Regiment are holding a series of events in and around Contalmaison, Northern France, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme and to remember members of the Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards) who lost their lives in the battle.
The events include a service at Bell’s Redoubt on Saturday 10th September to commemorate the life of Second Lieutenant Donald Simpson Bell VC, a former player of Bradford Park Avenue and the only English professional footballer to be awarded the Victoria Cross and on the Saturday afternoon there will be a special football match Albert versus Bradford Park Avenue/The Yorkshire Regiment.
Bradford Park Avenue have been invited to provide officials and footballers for these events with the PFA and other dignitaries attending other events.
As well as the club’s involvement with the football match, the club will be laying a wreath at Bell’s Redoubt on the Saturday morning and providing one of the keynote speeches at the official dinner on the Saturday evening.
Bradford Park Avenue will be providing four footballers for this event, so it does not affect the club’s first-team responsibility in the National League North in particular the home game against Worcester City on the 10th September.
The football club has agreed to provide the kit for the combined team of Bradford Park Avenue/The Yorkshire Regiment for the special game against Albert on the afternoon of the 10th September.
Moreover, since this game is being held in honour of Donald Bell VC and those who also lost their lives in the battle of the Somme, it was decided that it would be most appropriate for the combined team to play in the colours Donald Bell wore when he played for Bradford Park Avenue before he enlisted in The Yorkshire Regiment.
Bradford Park Avenue’s home shirt for this season has been specially designed in those colours so that was the kit chosen for this special occasion.
The National League joins with Bradford Park Avenue, to wish all involved a memorable weekend as part of the centenary remembrance of events on The Somme.
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