The Brewery Field set to welcome 8 Rifles regiment

Spennymoor Town FC and 8th Battalion Rifles are proud to announce a partnership aheads of Saturday’s FA Trophy game against Halesowen Town.

Representatives of both parties will be laying a wreath to remember all soldiers from the area who have died in war before the game.

There will be a pitch side presentation of 8 Rifles with board members shortly before kick-off, where the club will receive an 8 Rifles flag.

The 8 Rifles will receive a home shirt and/or pennant from the club and also be introduced the first team squad on the day.

Warrant Officer Jon Bolam explained the regiments background to the club’s official website. He said: “The Rifles was formed on 1st February 2007 by the amalgamation of Light Infantry and Rifle Regiments, including the Durham Light Infantry.

“It is the largest infantry regiment in the British Army, with five regular battalions and three reserve battalions.

“Since then, the regiment has served with distinction on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and more recently in Mali, Sierra Leone and South Sudan. The Rifles have a living history that is second to none – 913 battle honours and 117 Victoria Crosses.

 “The 8th Battalion is the newest infantry battalion in the British Army Reserve, formed on 1st November 2017. It is headquartered in Bishop Auckland, with outstations in Durham and Sunderland, as well as in Yorkshire and Shropshire.

“The battalion’s football side also reached the semi-final of the Army Reserve Infantry Cup and are currently making good progress in this year’s competition.”