The Club’s excellent relationship with the Armed Forces continues this evening as we welcome on to the pitch before the match against Villa members of the 1st and 4th Battalions of the Rifles regiment.
The troops will lead the players out prior to kick-off as we further illustrate our strong links with the Forces, which continues with our support for Tickets For Troops, Help For Heroes and The Royal British Legion.
Soldiers from 1 Rifles have only recently returned from Afghanistan, while 4 Rifles are currently on pre-deployment training and will be heading back out to the region at the start of next year. Leading the troops this evening will be Spurs fan, Regimental Sergeant Major Colin Nufer.
At half-time tonight, Colin will receive a cheque on behalf of the Royal British Legion from us, following our online auction for the special ‘poppy’ match shirts that we were worn by our players in the recent 3-1 win at Fulham.
Thanks to the generosity of our fans, we have raised tens of thousands of pounds for the charity in recent years and all proceeds from this year’s auction will once again be donated to the Royal British Legion.
We are also proud to support the Tickets For Troops scheme, by regularly providing tickets to our home matches for use by our Armed Forces and their families, and the Help For Heroes fund-raising campaign.
The Club would like to thank Kudos Hospitality, part of the Crown Group, for their support at tonight’s game.
Proud and passionate
Tottenham Hotspur’s support for the nation’s servicemen and women reaches out to fans of all clubs within the Armed Forces, not just Spurs followers, says WO1 Colin Nufer.
And Colin, who has been associated with the Army since first joining up in 1985, has had many positive messages from among the troops, praising the Club for its ongoing support.
“Tottenham continue to show real sincere support to all the Armed Forces and it is extremely well received from within the ranks,” explained Colin. “There is a particular affiliation between the Rifles regiment and Spurs by virtue of the parades that we have done here in recent years.
“Some of the guys who do the parades aren’t Spurs fans but they volunteer to come along and are only too proud to do so. Some of them might even have been standing in the away end here at the Lane at one time or another, but now they’re standing pitchside receiving applause from the wonderful Spurs fans.
“All the troops come away with a very heart-warming feeling from the support they get here. Some of them have just returned from a very arduous and difficult operational tour, some of them are soon to head off on another one, so this level of support makes them feel appreciated, proud and passionate.”
Colin was also keen to point out the benefits of another small gesture that the Club provides by way of donating old kit to the Forces, which gets distributed to the troops. It is then used by themselves for playing matches in and also to hand out to local youngsters in Afghanistan and, previously, in Iraq.
“Some of the kit gets given to the local children in the villages and it helps with the hearts and minds campaign,” revealed Colin. “It can be very difficult for them to get fresh, clean clothes, so the kit is well received by the locals. It also helps our guys because it brings them closer to the villagers which can be very important.
“Again, the kit is only a small gesture but it is donated by Spurs with genuine sincerity and makes such a difference. It helps the troops feel like they are being supported back home and helps the locals as well. It’s a small act of kindness which goes a very long way.”