At the Supporters Society members meeting earlier this week in Butler’s Bar, Social Director Steve Read outlined the itinerary for the Town’s pre-season trip to Belgium over the weekend of 26th and 27th July. Unfortunately, due to exceptional demand, all places on the trip are now taken.
Those of you lucky enough to have already made your bookings will hopefully already be fully aware of the timings. Please note these timings will be strictly adhered to, and remember you must be a Supporters Club member (£2 fee) and have a valid passport with you to travel:
Saturday 26th July
05.30 Car parking inside the QEII Stadium – far end by players’ entrance gate
05.30 Coaches arrive (Please remember to board the coach you have been allocated; Coach 1– Dave Hicks’s coach (07703399709) or Coach 2– Steve Read’s coach (07811227878))
05.50 Coaches depart for Dover
08.25 Ferry to Calais (local time)
13.30 Arrive at Van der Valk Hotel Beveren, Gentseweg 280, 9120 Beveren Waas (Please check yourselves in – the hotel will have the names of all those who have booked)
14.15 Leave hotel for football ground
14.30 Arrive at KVK Svelta Melsele FC (note this is not Beveren’s regular ground)
17.45 (approx.) end of match and free time
Sunday 27th July
a.m. Breakfast (check serving times with hotel)
11.30 Depart hotel for Ypres
13.30 Arrive Ypres for optional visit to In Flanders Fields Museum (note there is a small entry charge)
16.00 Visit to Menin Gate for laying of wreath (optional, 5 minutes’ walk from museum, see below)
16.30 Coaches depart for Calais
18.30 Arrive Dover (local time)
20.30 Arrive QEII Stadium
With 2014 marking 100 years since the start of the First World War, the club has announced that it will be making its own tribute to those who were killed during the conflict with a visit to the Menin Gate, one of the memorials to those who fell in Belgian Flanders, which covers the area known as the Ypres Salient.
The day after we play the “return” friendly against YB SK Beveren (the first fans’ owned Club in Belgium), supporters of the Club on the trip will have the opportunity to visit the Menin Gate where a wreath will be laid by Chairman Paul Millington. Those of you who have a copy of Graham Frost’s excellent book “From a Spartan Beginning – a statistical record of Enfield Football Club 1893-2007” may have noted the record of some former Enfield FC players who were killed during the conflict, including Charles Blake, Frank Gane, Dick Sheldrake and Tom Pidgeon. Charles Blake was aged just 26 he was killed in July 1917 and his name is one of the many on the Menin Gate. The Club would be interested to hear from any descendants of Charles Blake, or indeed of any former Enfield FC players who fell during World War I, through Town Director Ken Brazier via the contact form on this website: http://www.enfieldtownfootballclub.co.uk/contact-form/
Later on in the year, the Royal British Legion hope to see one million candles lit across the UK on August 4th to mark the entry of Britain into the war and remember those who gave their lives. As part of the charity's Lights Out campaign, individuals, households, companies and organisations are being invited to join together in a national moment of reflection by turning off their lights between 10pm and 11pm, leaving only a single light or candle as a symbolic act of reflection and hope.