Town host Armed Forces Day match

Caring Hucknall Town are to host a special football match to support the national Armed Forces Day event next month.

And local schoolchildren are being invited to design a programme cover for the match.

Armed Forces Day is an annual campaign aimed at celebrating the outstanding contribution of our servicemen and women, past and present, to the country.

The match takes place at Town’s Watnall Road ground on Thursday June 27 (kick-off 7 pm). It will be between a special combined services team and a Nottingham All-Stars team, made up of well-known, local ex-professional players from teams indlucing Nottingham Forest and Notts County.

Both the match and the design competition have been organised by Town in conjunction with Nottingham City Council.

And it takes on extra poignancy with this week’s appointment of Duncan Russell as The Yellows’ new manager. For Russell spent 22 years himself in the Army and helped to coach the Combined Services team.

The competition asks children to produce a design that pays tribute to our armed forces. There are three categories -- four-to-six-year-olds, seven-to-nine-year-olds and ten-to-11-year-olds.

The winners of the best ten designs in each category will be official mascots at the game -- and one lucky winner from each category will take part in a penalty shootoput contest at half-time.

All 30 winners will receive a medal, while the overall winner will receive a trophy, as all as the honour of their design on the front-cover of the matchday programme.

The designs should be 148mm wide and 210mm long. Entries should be sent to Liz Morley at Hucknall Town FC, Watnall Road, Hucknall, Nottingham NG15 6EY by the closing date of next Friday (May 31).

Nottingham is hosting all the Armed Forces Day national celebrations.