On Saturday 18 May 2013 the Army Football Team played members of the FA Legends, at the Madejski Stadium. This was the highlight of the 125th Anniversary of the British Army Football Association, and the event raised money for The Royal British Legion and the Team Army Sports Foundation. On top of this great work, the Army team took time out of their training to endorse the FA’s ‘Football v Homophobia’ campaign.
The team donned FvH t-shirts for the warm-up and will be seen wearing them at future matches. This is a clear demonstration of the Army footie team’s support for diversity and inclusivity. The Army’s Head Coach, Captain Joe Collins even wore the shirt for the post match presentations.
The Army LGBT Forum’s Sports Rep, LCpl Brad Parker, spent time with the team during their warm up, before spending the day watching on from the media suite. LCpl Parker was impressed by the enthusiasm shown for the initiative by the senior officers, Army FA officials and the Army players. The event was organised by the Army FA Secretary, Maj Billy Thompson, to whom the Army LGBT Forum extends its sincere thanks. Maj Thompson was supported in his endeavors by Lt Gen James Everard CBE (Patron of the Army LGBT Forum) and Maj Gen Bruce Brealey CB (Chairman of the Army FA).
As for the match… the Army made a bright start against their more seasoned counterparts and took the lead in the fourth minute. However, the Legends battled back to secure a 4-2 win at the final whistle.
Good luck tackling homophobia in sport!
Capt Rob Ridley, Media Rep & LCpl Brad Parker, Sports Rep
Photographs reproduced by kind permission of Cpl Paul Morrison and the Army Media & Communications team.