Hello there everybody – thought I’d share with you some candid pics (and 2 amateur video excerpts) from the Remembrance soccer game in which I recently played. It was a special day. Just before the match, all of the players stood in a circle and I was asked (as were a few of the other players) and honored to read an excerpt from a poem written by England’s Poet Laureate about the First World War armistice, followed by us all observing a minute of silence in memory of the fallen. My grandfather, Arthur Richard Page, had fought in the trenches during WWI and eventually lost both of his legs from gangrene due to “trench foot” – commonly contracted then from standing for long hours in water-soaked trenches. So, the game held special meaning for me remembering my grandfather, who, incidentally, shared the same birthday as me. It was a 4-4 draw, which was a perfect result – a contest keenly fought with great (albeit competitive) bonhomie.
I’d also like to take this opportunity to wish you all happy holidays and a happy new year. Thank you for your solid support and friendship. I hope to have a new album out in 2015 (fingers crossed!) – that’s my goal!! So, once again, let me wish you all a healthy, happy and peaceful holiday season.
Reading the poem and observing a moment of silence before the game.
Page with opposing team’s Goalie after game – photo-bombed by Jim Piddock, British comedic actor
With Barry Venison, former English International, at end of game