Veterans honoured on Remembrance Day at Ipswich Town v Swansea game – as Combat2Coffee hail it as a success
Hundreds of veterans were honoured at an Ipswich Town game on Remembrance Day – with the organiser hailing it as a ‘huge success’.
The Blues donated 100 tickets to the social enterprise Combat2Coffee, which were handed out to both veterans and serving members of the armed forces as well as the charity’s support staff, for the game against Swansea on Saturday
This formed part of its second Medals2Matches scheme, where veterans were encouraged to wear their medals alongside a limited-edition hoodie designed by Woodbridge-based streetwear brand HOAX, at the fixture.
Nigel Seaman, the founder of Combat2Coffee and a Royal Anglian veteran, said: “Our second Medals2Matches fixture was a huge success.
“It was amazing to see so many veterans come together and wear their medals with pride. Getting everyone together before the match really did make for a sight to behold.
“Our thanks go to the club, HOAX, the team at the Greyhound pub for hosting us and everyone who showed their support on the day.”
Hundreds of veterans turned up to the game. Before the fixture, they came together at The Greyhound in Henley Road.
Wearing medals made them eligible for discounts throughout Portman Road and the FanZone.
Mr Seaman came up with the idea for Medals2Matches, which was introduced last year, and will be in place for all future games on Remembrance weekend.
Combat2Coffee also supplies coffee to the Tractor Boys.
Its brew, Cuppa Towen, is available in all corporate and executive areas at Portman Road, the Bobby Robson Suite, the media room and the Playford Road training ground.
In addition to supplying, Combat2Coffee also offers barista training for former veterans and families looking to re-enter civilian life.
Before the event, Ipswich Town chief executive Mark Ashton said: “This is a hugely important event in our fixture calendar,”
“Remembrance Day is a day very close to my heart as it runs in the family blood in serving our country.
“The work that Nigel and everyone at Combat2Coffee are doing is truly fantastic and I am delighted to see Medals2Matches back again this year.”