Saturday 9th October, 2021,
First Half Kick -off 8am. Market Road Football Pitches, Islington, London
The unique charity football game played at Market Road Football Pitches, Islington, London, raised money for children to attend the 2022 Global Peace Games. The game featured supporters of the children’s charity, The National Children’s Football Alliance (NCFA). Arsenal Community’s Dean Miller, said, ‘we enjoyed the game in the knowledge that it was raising funds for a great cause‘.
The first half was kicked off by the Lord Mayor of Islington, Troy Gallagher, he said, ‘the game was clearly played in the spirit of friendship and sportsmanship. I was delighted to support this very special football game and to help raise money for children to attend the 2022 Global Peace Games‘.
Lord Mayor of Islington, Troy Gallagher (center) with the Peace Poppy Football, which was taken by the players to The LAST POST, Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium.
Charlie and Daisy Cooper, writers and actors, of the hit BBC Bafta Award winning comedy series This Country, are Patrons The NCFA. Daisy said, ‘ I wished all the players well in the game and look after my old dad, he’s playing in goal‘, her brother Charlie (left, in white) played a commanding role as an attacking midfielder.
The first half score was a tight 4-1 to This Country, or was it That Country?
The signing of the Peace Poppy Football, facilitated by Tom Watt, was signed by all the players.
Saturday 9th October, 2021,
Second Half Kick-off 4pm The Peace Pitch, The Peace Village, Flanders Peace Fields
The second half featured NCFA supporters and players from FC Bruges. The players held aloft the latest Peace Field Project Plaques to be added to the Peace Pitch in Flanders Peace Field:
Elementary school Veli Veli Vrh Pula, Croatia, Hollandia Soccer Club, Saskatoon, Canada, Kowloon Cricket Club, Hong Kong, The Perez Centre, Israel, Dennis Law Legacy Trust, Aberdeen, Scotland and Duncan Edwards Tribute, Dudley.
Captains, Axel (blue) and Ross (white), exchange gifts before the second half kick-off. Retired FC Bruges football coach, Philippe Servias (centre) said, ‘I have never witnessed a game of football where the first half kicked off in That Country and the second half kick-off in This Country and all for a good cause, children celebrating peace through football‘.
The game was played on the Peace Pitch in Flanders Fields, Mesen, Belgium, site of the 1914 First World War, Christmas Truces. Played under the shadow of the Island of Ireland Peace Tower where over 200,000 soldiers are commemorated.
Paul Cooper, Director and Co-founder of the NCFA, said, ‘It was such a memorable day. The football was great, the players were fantastic and the sun never stopped shining in both countries. All the monies raised will go to the 2022 Global Peace Games. We would like to thank everyone that sponsored TCvTC and all the people that made it happen from Market Road Football Pitches, Islington to The Peace Village, Mesen, Belguim.‘.
‘All Together Now’
Match referee in This Country and That Country, Roland Watt, proudly laid the Peace Poppy Football at The Last Post, Menin Gate, Ypres, Belguim. Roland, said, ‘It was an honour and a memory that I will hold dearly‘.
SATURDAY 9th October 2021
1st HALF KICK OFF 08.00
MARKET ROAD, FOOTBALL PITCHES, LONDON N7
2nd HALF KICK OFF 17.00
THE PEACE PITCH, FLANDERS, BELGIUM
TC v TC will raise funds for underpriviledged children to participate in the 2020 Global Peace Games – a week long peace education project that creates Peace Ambassadors for the future. Join NCFA’s Patrons, the stars of BBC hit comedy series This Country and provide, hope for childhoods in need.
THIS COUNTRY v THAT COUNTRY is a charity football match being played on 28th March 2020.
NCFA patrons, Charlie and Daisy Cooper, stars of the hit BBC comedy series This Country will be a part of a team playing a very special game of football
The challenge is to play two halves of football in two different countries on the same day: the first half will be played at Market Road Pitches, North London, N7 9PL, with the second half taking place on The Peace Pitch, Peace Village, Flanders, Belgium, site of the First World War’s 1914 Christmase truces. The objective is to raise money for young people to participate in the 2020 GLOBAL PEACE GAMES. Held annually at the Peace Village, Mesen, Belgium, the Global Peace Games is a week-long peace education programme in which around 60 underprivileged children from different backgrounds across the world get together to take part in an inclusive series of activities and sports. The GPGs celebrates the International Day of Peace through sport and has a lasting impact on each and every young person who attends, helping to develop confidence, break down barriers and creates peace makers for the future. The event will poignantly see a Peace Poppy Football transported from London to Flanders, before being laid at The Last Post, Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium in a declaration of peace.
Cheques / BACS
Name of Bank: HSBC
Account Name: National Children’s Football Alliance
Account Number: 52790165
Sorting Code: 40-22-26
Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing is a war memorial in Ypres, Belgium, dedicated to the British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the Ypres Salient of World War I and whose graves are unknown. Menin Gate, bears the names of more than 54,000 soldiers who died before 16 August 1917 and have no known grave.
Every evening at 8pm precisely, the “Last Post” has been sounded since 1928 under the imposing arches of the Menin Gate. This is where TC v TC players will lay the peace poppy football to commemorate the soldiers of the then British empire who went missing in action.
9th – 10th OCTOBER 2021
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