On 3rd November 2018, Sgt Riley, Sgt Williams and SAC Cottingham of XIII Sqn RAF Waddington attended a charity football match at Sincil bank stadium in support of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
Lincoln City FC were to host Forest Green Rovers in a Vanarama league 2 fixture. This year was even more poignant as it marked the centenary of WW1, special not only because we are remembering heroes from impossible times but also as it marks 100 years of a sacrifice that no one will ever truly be able to comprehend.
The Atmosphere could be felt around the stadium with the energy of the ever-growing crowd as the stadium filled. As the crowd massed, it was our chance to introduce our 8-foot-tall poppy. Much to our surprise it didn’t scare people and the generosity of the fans that day cannot be overstated!
The ceremony before kick off was a great tribute, service men and woman gathered around the centre circle with players from both sides as the famous ‘Last Post’ sounded all around. Charged with the memory of generations of the fallen, everyone in the stadium stood quiet and reflected…until, as with modern football the usual minute silence that is indicative of Remembrance Day, it was replaced with applause. The applause thundered, leaving an air of pride in its wake. The game, which seemed to take a backseat over proceedings, played out and ended up being a very good victory for Lincoln City FC propelling them to the top of the league.
The collection at the stadium raised over £3300 for the Royal British Legion Poppy appeal, which is an incredible contribution from the 8542 strong crowd. The walking, talking poppy will be in people’s memories for maybe a week, until the next game comes around but the memory of those brave souls who gave their life so that we could enjoy ours today, will forever be in our hearts and minds. We will remember them.