Remembrance Day is a special day where we can all show respect and appreciation to everyone who has or still is serving their country in the armed services. We should all be thankful for their dedication, commitment and bravery which allows us to live our lives in a free and broad minded country.
Sadly, we have seen several comments on social media suggesting that local football teams did not show sufficient respect. Please do not generalise and think badly of all local football clubs. All our teams playing today observed a 1 minute silence before kick off, and if playing matches over 11:00, they stopped to observe 2 minutes silence, with one exception. Unfortunately it has been reported back to us that at one away fixture being played at Henwick, the request by our team manager to stop play at 11:00 to observe the 2 minutes silence was denied by the referee. We will be sending feedback to the league about this to ensure they are aware that this has understandably upset and offended many local residents (and everyone at Thatcham Tornadoes too).
Many of our players, managers and coaches were in attendance at memorial parades today - many players from Tornadoes and other clubs withdrew their availability to play in matches, as they recognised it was more important to pay their respects (as part of Scouts, Guides, Cubs, Brownies, Beavers and Rainbows etc.) in remembrance of those who gave their lives for our today.
Thatcham Tornadoes FC
Updated 22:40 - 11 Nov 2018 by Thatcham Tornadoes