USW graduate to commentate on WWI commemorative football matches

by Callum Ellis

A UNIVERSITY of South Wales graduate is set to commentate on two historic football matches later today, as the 2018 Games of Remembrance take place.

Chris Gadsby, who studied BA Radio, will provide commentary as Nottinghamshire plays host to the games. They are being played to commemorate soldiers who fought during the First World War.

The British Army Football Association take on German Armed Forces in two games in the East Midlands.

The Christmas Truce of December 1914 stands as an iconic moment in World War I, as British and German soldiers laid down their weapons and participated in a football game in No Man’s Land.

Military servants, including men and women from both sides, will meet on November 8 to mark 100 years since the conclusion of the First World War.

Notts County’s Meadow Lane hosts the first fixture of the day as the women’s teams battle it out with kick-off at 12:00 noon.

The men’s game gets underway seven hours later at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground.

Chris Gadsby, will provide commentary on the double-header and says he is relishing the opportunity to cover such a remarkable event.

“I’ve commentated for five years now but these are my first TV games,” he said.

“I will be commentating with David Luck who looks after the army commemorations.

“Normally I’m a one-man band operating the broadcast as well as commentating. This is a lot bigger in terms of technology with a broadcast truck and a full production team.

“They are stadiums I know because I’ve commentated at both of them before, but only for radio.

“It’s always harder to prepare for games like these rather than professional games because the players don’t have documented playing careers to look up.”

Both games will be streamed live on the BBC Sport website and on the Red Button.