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2 R Fusiliers vs. 1 RGLI Football match April 1918


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Reaching out to anybody who researches football matches played in Great War, in particular 86th Brigade, match April 1918 between

2nd Bn, Royal Fusiliers   vs.   1st Royal Guernsey L.I.


2/RF won by 2 - 0


who scored and any team players of either side known welcome information.

Picture below of the 1st Bn, R. Guernsey L.I. Football Platoon.



RGLI Football Platoon France_800x497.jpg

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I can't help with the match but I can provide a small amount of background.  20th Bn RF was disbanded in Feb 1918.  During their disbandment members of 2nd Bn RF apparently arrived and were able to pick and choose the best 300 men they were to get in their draft.  They chose the 20RF band, concert party and football team; presumably some of the better members of the latter were incorporated into the 2RF team.  According to sources within 33 Division the 20RF team was successful but the battalion allegedly kept them out the trenches to allow them to rest and train; I'm not sure of the truth of the matter.





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