Three local companies are spearheading the sponsorship of Saturday’s “McCraes Battalion Remembrance Day” at the Falkirk Stadium ahead of the exciting Falkirk v Hearts Championship match.

John Mitchell Haulage & Warehousing is the Match Sponsor and Managing Director Iain Mitchell said, “The sentiment of the day mirrors both our organisations ethos – both have respect as part of their core foundation.”

Accountancy firm Baker Tilly have taken the Event Sponsorship and Robert Ross, Managing Partner said, “In the year which marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, it’s incredibly important that the sacrifices made by so many are remembered by the next generation. This is why Baker Tilly is proud to support this event.”

The wearing of a specially designed Poppy Jersey is central to the theme of the match and generous support from Forth Ports will enable the home side to don the commemorative match kit. Commenting on the sponsorship, Stuart Wallace, Divisional Director said: “The story of the McCrae’s Battalion is a fascinating one and in looking through the background to those men who enlisted it was clear that each of our main port locations in Scotland has a historical link to the battalion and its contribution to the First World War. It is not very often that you come across a historical event like this that brings together, through sport, a common thread from various parts of Scotland. We are also extremely proud to be supporting the charities that will benefit from today’s event.”

Fundraising in the Hospitality and Concourse areas of the Stadium will be for three main causes: McCraes Battalion Trust, Erskine and Air Cadets from 1333 Grangemouth Spitfire Squadron.

Pre-Match Entertainment will feature the Massed Pipe & Drums of the Cadet Services and a lone piper, playing Flowers of The Forest, will lead out leading out the teams for the start of the match.

There will also be the customary ‘laying of wreaths’ by Falkirk Chairman Martin Ritchie and Hearts Director Of Football, Craig Levein.

Specially invited guests include Falkirk Provost Pat Reid, Alan Owenson (Chairman of McCraes Battalion Trust) and Lord Lieutenant Marjory McLachlan.

Falkirk ‘legend’ goalkeeper George Watson takes centre-stage at the half-time break standing firm in goal against the penalties of the Air, Sea and Army Cadets. It promises to be a great occasion.

Kieran Koszary, FFC Business Development Manager added, “As a club we are extremely proud of our links to McCraes Battalion and are delighted to be hosting a day of remembrance at The Falkirk Stadium. I would also like to thank John Mitchell Haulage, Baker Tilly and Forth Ports for their support in what will be an emotional and memorable day”.

Fans are reminded that because of live TV coverage, the kick-off is 5.30 p.m. Tickets are still available from the Falkirk Shop.

Kieran Koszary
Business Development Manager
Falkirk Football Club