Cambridge City will be offering free entry to members of the armed forces and emergency service personnel for their game against Kempston Rovers on Saturday. The match is the day before 11th November, which this year is the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.
City Vice-Chairman Terry Dunn said “We look forward to welcoming members of both the armed forces and emergency on Saturday. We hope they will enjoy the game and that many take up the offer of free entry. There will be a minutes silence before the game too as we come together to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice”.
To obtain entry, members of the armed forces must produce appropriate ID at the turnstiles. The match kicks-off at 3:00pm.
From the archives…
With the club being formed in 1908, you may have wondered what happened in terms of football during the First World War for then Cambridge Town. The details below provide some further information.
With war being declared on 4th August 1914, Cambridge Town’s campaign in the Southern Amateur and Southern Olympian League’s we’re suspended. However, Town did manage to play seven games, six being for charity in aid of war funds. The other saw Town make their debut in the FA Cup with an odd goal in nine defeat at Norwich CEYMS in the 1st qualifying round.
Playing football met with the displeasure of club patron and Master of Magdalene College Dr S.A. Donaldson who in his resignation of patron claimed they should be fighting for King and country instead. In his reply Town President Mr W.Kidman stated that the club had a membership of about fifty, and thirty had already offered their services to their country and had been accepted. He added the club had made donations to the war fund and in fact were playing the Varsity this Saturday for that purpose.
It would appear the club succumbed to that request being played with the last on 9th January 1915.
Despite extensive searches by our club historian Neil Harvey no more results could be traced for the remainder of the war period with normal service being resumed at start of season 1919/20.
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