PETERSFIELD Town will kick-off the period of Remembrance this weekend by paying tribute to their own fallen hero.
Former Ram Darren Chant was killed while serving in the Army in Afghanistan and the club holds a special event every year, as close as possible to Remembrance Sunday, to remember both him and the town’s other fallen heroes.
Chant, who played at Love Lane between 1997 and 2005, was killed in Nad E’Ali, a town in Helmand Province, on November 3, 2009.
The warrant officer was one of five British soldiers killed by an Afghan gunman who he had been mentoring for police work.
Petersfield will be holding a minute’s silence to remember Chant before their game against Kempston Rovers at Love Lane tomorrow (3pm).
A special toast to their former player in the bar after the match will also take place.
The players will also be wearing poppies on their shirts during the game.
Chairman Graeme Moir said: ‘The club prides itself on ensuring we carry out a fitting memorial to Darren and the town’s other fallen heroes every year.
‘The Armed Forces have played a key part in life in Petersfield throughout many generations and I hope as many people as possible join us to pay tribute to Darren.’
On the football front, manager John Robson has been using Petersfield’s enforced break from action to get to know his players more.
The visit of Kempston on Saturday will be the Rams’ first game for 10 days and the hope is the break will have refreshed the players.
Moir added: ‘Kempston are doing well but the key to us moving away from the bottom of the table is going to be what we do at home for the rest of this season.
‘Not many sides liked coming to Love Lane last season and we need to turn our ground into a fortress again and look to get as many points as possible from our home matches in the league.’