Fri 08 November 2019, 09:00|Tottenham Hotspur
Saturday’s match against Sheffield United will be dedicated to Remembrance as the Club shows its support for our serving Armed Forces, veterans and the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.
Our players will wear special edition Poppy shirts during the game and, ahead of kick-off, we shall be joined pitchside by members of our Armed Forces Spurs Official Supporters’ Club, representative of the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force, to welcome the teams.
Corporal Dave Thomson, British Army Veteran of the Royal Hospital Chelsea Pensioners; Flight Lieutenant Will Brooke; and RAF Cadet Sgt Summa-Jo Bradley - representing the past, present and future of Spurs supporters serving in our Armed Forces - will then lay a Poppy wreath on the centre circle on behalf of the Club.
We shall then observe a Minute’s Silence that will start and end on the referee’s whistle, during which the Last Post will be played by a bugler from the Royal Air Force. If you are entering the stadium close to kick-off, please be respectful of this.
Our ever-popular dual-branded Poppy pin badges will be on sale in all Spurs Shops for a minimum donation of £3 to the Royal British Legion.
Meet our Remembrance Service participants
Corporal (Retired) Dave Thompson – Chelsea Pensioner (Wreath Layer)
Born into a Spurs-supporting family in Palmers Green, Dave went to his first Tottenham Hotspur game in 1957, with Ted Ditchburn and Danny Blanchflower his early favourite players. He joined the Army in 1960 at the age of 15 and was known as Tottenham Tommo throughout his Army career. Having not missed a game since 1957 and seen Bill Nicholson build the great double-winning team, he missed most of the double-winning season due to Army training. Dave has been a Chelsea Pensioner for seven years, but a Spurs fan for as long as he can remember. He has a season ticket in the North Stand and often wears the iconic Scarlett Tunic to games. When asked, “are you a Chelsea Pensioner?”, Dave’s response is: “No, I’m a Tottenham Pensioner!”
Warrant Officer 1 Shaun Tully - Parade Warrant Officer
Shaun is a South Stand season ticket holder and member of Armed Forces Spurs. He has served in the Royal Navy across the world over a 40-year career and will retire in 2019. During his time deployed abroad with the Royal Navy, Shaun has watched many televised Tottenham Hotspur games with fellow international supporters. He is currently the Fleet Caterer for the Naval Service and is honoured to be Parade Commander.
Sergeant Summa-Jo Bradley - RAF Cadet (Wreath Layer)
Summa-Jo Bradley is a member of 1113 Berkhamsted Air Cadets in Hertfordshire. She has been a valuable part of the Squadron progressing to Sergeant in record time, having only served two years. When asked about her future plans, Summa-Jo said: “I really enjoy the RAF and want to progress into the Medics full-time when I’m older.” She has been a huge Spurs fan for nine years after attending her first game at the age of five. Summa-Jo’s favourite player is Hugo Lloris and she is proud to be a part of the first Remembrance event at the new stadium as she follows in the footsteps of her father, Corporal Jamie Bradley, who took part in the final Remembrance Service at White Hart Lane in 2016.
Sergeant David Vivas - Parade Sergeant
A Spurs fan for as long as he can remember, David is currently a Troop Sergeant and Intelligence Analyst. Prior to this, he served as a Human Terrain Analyst and Cultural Specialist in the Middle East and North Africa Cell at the Defence Cultural Specialist Unit. David has also served as a Counter Intelligence Operator in Afghanistan.
Corporal (Retired) Andrew Lofthouse – Last Post Bugler
Andrew is a lifelong Tottenham Hotspur fan and former Principal Trumpet of the Central Band of the Royal Air Force, holding the rank of Corporal. He joined the Force in 2010 and served for eight years, winning the RAF soloist competition and recording numerous solos on CDs. During this time, Andrew travelled the world representing the RAF, visiting the USA, Canada, India, Cyprus, Switzerland, Belgium and France. His career highlights include being a member of the Fanfare Trumpets for both the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey and for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration at St. Paul’s Cathedral.