The trench and the football match

Due to a last-minute change of plans, Sue and I were able to pay a visit this morning to an event that had been organised by the Firepower, the Royal Artillery Museum.

As part of their World War 1 commemorations, Firepower hosted a football match that was played of the Royal Artillery Barrack Field in Woolwich by pupils from Eglinton School, Plumstead. The match took place at 11.45am next to the Museum’s trench reconstruction on the Barrack Field, and members of the Museum’s Living History Team were present to lend authenticity to the event. Besides showing visitors around the trench, the Team cooked (and gave away) some 1914-style food.

On our way to the Barrack Field we passed a Boer War memorial.

The trench was laid out in front of one end of the Royal Artillery Barracks.

It was designed to represent the sort of third-line trenches found on the Western Front.

The two teams were drawn from a local school, Eglinton School, Plumstead.

The Firepower Living History Team watched the first part of the match …

… before returning to their trench to prepare the food.

The location of the trench and the football match gave a wonderful view of the Georgian facade of the Royal Artillery Barracks …

… and the very imposing Royal Artillery Crimean War Memorial.


6 Comments on “The trench and the football match”

  1. Jim Duncan says:

    Nice trench, but not enough mud.

  2. Jim Duncan,

    True … but the ground was very hard and the trench's bottom was well above the water table.

    All the best,


  3. Steven Page says:

    I want to see pictures of “Tickler's Jam”…….

  4. Steven Page (Steve),

    There was no plum and apple jam, bully beef, or rum available. (It was a cold morning, and my request for a drop of 'gunfire' was met with a degree of confusion by some of the a Living History Team.)

    All the best,


  5. Bob Maycock says:

    Actually we had plenty of bully AND pork and beans…

  6. Bob Maycock,

    That is good to hear!

    All the best,


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