Masters veterans commemorate Remembrance Day 2023 with annual outing at Rochdale Mayfield

Date published: 15 November 2023

The rugby league masters community has a large number of military veterans, so Remembrance Day is the main military calendar event to be commemorated with a fixture.

The 2023 Remembrance Day fixture was the biggest to date, as 40 military veterans from 24 clubs within the masters community journeyed to Rochdale and made the most of the opportunity to represent all three services in a fixture played in true masters spirit.

Veterans lead Carl Abraham said: “Without certain individuals and organisations these events don’t happen so a special mention goes out to everybody at Rochdale Mayfield for the generous offer in once again hosting the event, Rochdale Borough Council, Veterans Breakfast Club, Veterans Garage, Jarrow Vikings & Andy Charlesworth for providing funding and Stag Sports, Revilo Automotive, Alexander Khan PLC, Roundel Decorating Services, CPD Property Services & Direct Flooring & Carpets for their generosity in funding the playing shirts and team wear that our veterans get to proudly don.”

All clothing worn by the veterans is available to purchase via with a small percentage of the sale price going to a military charity. Together, through shirt sales, sponsors, playing fees and generous donations, over £1,100 was raised for the SSAFA (the Soldiers’, Sailors’ & Airmen’s & Families Association), a UK charity that provides lifelong support to the armed forces community.


The 2023 Remembrance Day fixture at Mayfield


The next planned veterans' get-together will be its annual fixture to commemorate Armed Forces Day (June 2024). Planning has already commenced with the veterans committee looking to showcase masters rugby league on the biggest stage, show support to the Armed Forces community and respect poignant military events.

If you’re a veteran and want to get involved, please contact Carl Abraham (veterans lead) on or keep an eye on social media with regular information posted.

Photos: Steve McCormick, sponsored by the Veterans Garage


The 2023 Remembrance Day fixture at Mayfield


The 2023 Remembrance Day fixture at Mayfield


The 2023 Remembrance Day fixture at Mayfield


The 2023 Remembrance Day fixture at Mayfield


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