You may recall that we did a piece on here in August about the footballers of HMS Defender being kitted out in Exeter City kit. (You can read that story here). The Club have invited them on Saturday to be part of the match day experience, in the Rotherham United game. Present will be members of the 190-strong Ship’s Company, including their football team, and they will be led by their Commanding Officer, Commander Philip Nash RN and presented to the crowd at half-time.
Leading Physical Training Instructor Craig ‘Geordie’ Horsman, who is in charge of organising all sport and fitness activities onboard and captain’s the ship’s football team. He has been instrumental in setting up links between the ship and the football club, and said:
HMS Defender takes great pride in everything she does – be it a military task or a sporting event. To be associated with the City of Exeter and in particular Exeter City football team is a great honour and one the ship is very proud of. To be given an opportunity to wear Exeter City team colours whenever we play matches whilst deployed around the world is fantastic.
So far we have played in the strip twice and won comfortably both times so we are hoping the good luck the strip seems to bring will long continue.”