On December 6th, BEFC joined players from NSK and Keidanren to take part in a new Football Remembers event, hosted by NSK at their ground in Saginuma.
Last year BEFC and NSK hosted a Football Remembers event as part of the British Council and Premier League initiative to commemorate 100 years since the WW1 Christmas Truce football games.
The message being that no matter who you are, where you are from, and whatever the terrible situation, human spirit will defeat adversity and come together.
NSK liked this message so much, they wanted to continue the Football Remembers spirit this Christmas, and put on a similar event.
Players from BEFC, NSK and Keidanren all headed down to NSK's pitch at Saginuma to first play a number of mixed 7 aside matches made of random teams, so everyone would play with people they didn't know, and of course get to know them.
Then in a change from the original football remembers, the 3 football clubs played a round robin 7 aside tournament including a final.
BEFC truimphed over NSK and Keidanren, to set up a BEFC vs Keidanren final. In a tight game where BEFC couldn't find the back of the net, and Keidanren constantly threatened to make good on a counter-attack, a lofted cross from Takanori Nakayama found it's way onto Ben Palmer's head, who glanced it onward into the corner and sealing the win for BEFC.
There was no trophy or plaudits for winning, just the enjoyment of a fun and friendly session of football without referees needed, on a sunny winter's day. Afterwards, some players headed to the nearby onsen/sento to relax and soothe their muscles.
BEFC would like to thank NSK for organising Football (and onsen) Remembers and hope we can play again together with them and Keidanren next year,