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STAR to visit Flanders

11 November 2013

Supporters Trust head back to the Somme

The Royals official supporters club STAR are set to visit Flanders next year, as they continue to pay tribute to the legacy of the club's war heroes.

After visiting the Somme Battlefields in 2011, our fans are due to head back on 30th and 31st May 2014 - where, amongst other sites, they are looking to visit the graves of three of our former players (Jack Huggins, Edward Mitchell and Freddie Wheatcroft) who lost their lives during the Great War.

STAR also hope to visit the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, where another former player (James Comrie) is commemorated amongst the names of 54,000 soldiers who died in the Ypres Salient and for whom there is no known grave.

Other places of interest to football supporters that they intend visiting include the Football League’s memorial to the Footballers’ Battalions and the memorial to the 1914 Christmas Truce, where British and German soldiers were united by football, to the dismay of their officers, during an impromptu game that took place between the trenches in no-man’s land on Christmas morning.

This trip is open to all supporters, on a first come, first served basis, so if you have an interest in the Great War (even a latent one), the history of the football club or are just curious STAR will be delighted if you join them. Please email info@star-reading.org to register your interest or call into the STAR HQ and they will get back to you with further details.

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