Supporters’ Club Deputy Chairman Steve Jenkins and Bradford City fan and former curator of the bantamspast museum Dave Pendleton, have linked up to give a joint talk this Saturday lunchtime on the history of both club’s service and sacrifice in the Great War before the O’s match at Valley Parade.
There’s currently a campaign underway – the ‘Honour The Pals Appeal’, which has been set up to raise money for a memorial to be erected in memory of the ‘Bradford Pals’ in the Sheffield Memorial Park at Serre, on the Somme in northern France – very near to where Clapton Orient legend Richard McFadden was mortally wounded in October 1916.
Supporters of both Bradford City and Leyton Orient are warmly invited to attend the talk which is being held at the Jacobs Ale House in Kent Street in the city centre, to help raise funds for the memorial. After the talk Steve and David, along with anyone who wishes to join them, will make their way to the cenotaph to pay respects to the fallen and then move on to the Midland Hotel in Cheapside.
Should any O’s fans travelling up for the game wish to come along to support this very worthy cause and would wish to purchase a pub lunch at the Jacobs Ale House, please notify Steve in advance to enable him to inform the venue of how many people to expect – either via email [email protected]
or phone him on 07971 146502. The landlady of Jacobs Ale House has kindly donated the profits from the bar food to the appeal.
I feel extremely honoured to have been invited by David Pendleton to represent both Leyton Orient and Clapton Orient at this very special event. It’s heart warming to note that even with the passion we Bradford City and Leyton Orient supporters have for our clubs, we are still able to come together as one to remember our fallen and that of our wider communities. On behalf of everyone connected with the O’s I wish the Honour The Pals fund every success.
The itinerary for the events taking place are as follows:
12:30-13:00 WW1 talk at Jacobs Ale House, Kent Street, BD1 5SH (5 min walk from Bradford Interchange station)
13:15-13:45 walk via the cenotaph to the ‘Spirit of Bradford’ bar in the Midland Hotel, Forster Square, Cheapside, BD1 4HU
The talk and walk are both free of charge, but donations are very welcome for the appeal.
We remember the Bradford Pals and the Clapton Orient lads who, along with their comrades in the Footballers’ Battalion, stood firm, sure and steadfast on the Somme in the Great War.