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My family links to Les Bennett and uniting troops through football

Posted on 3 November 2017  - 14:30

The Parade Commander leading Troops in a Guard of Honour at Sunday’s game is Warrant Officer Class One Mark Quickfall, Regimental Corporal Major of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, a Spurs fan and distant relative of former Spurs player Les Bennett.

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Bennett, who played for the Club between 1946-1954, was one of many players whose footballing years were taken away by the Second World War. There is a full profile on Les Bennett as part of our 'Class of 51' series HERE.

Leading up to this year’s Remembrance period, Quickfall spoke to us about the influence his family link to Les Bennett had on him becoming a Spurs fan and the role football can play in uniting Servicemen and women all over the world.

“I started supporting Spurs in 1989, inspired by the likes of Gazza and Lineker. I later discovered that my mother’s cousin was a Spurs 1951 League title winner, Les Bennett, who had played for the Club between 1946-1954, playing 272 games and scoring 104 goals.

“For me, finding this out as a 10-year-old sealed the deal for me. From then on, Spurs was my team.

“Les’ football career was put on hold due to World War II, but his love for the game meant he returned to play after his service in Burma, India and Egypt.

Below: Warrant Officer Class 1 Mark Quickfall (In No2 Uniform at Sandhurst)

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“I have now served 20 years in the Armed Forces and have been on tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. While in Afghanistan, if I had access to internet, one of the first things I would do after returning from long patrols was to check on the football scores. I have found that during the tough times, in some very austere conditions, football has a uniting effect on the troops, giving a brief sense of normality and familiarity in some very unfamiliar locations and situations.

“It’s an honour to be representing the Armed Forces, Les and Tottenham Hotspur in commanding the Guard of Honour at Sunday’s game during this period of Remembrance.”