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U's Gear Up for Military Day

21 February 2013

Jake Wright visits RAF Benson ahead of York game

United skipper Jake Wright visited RAF Benson yesterday as the U's prepare for Military Day on Saturday.

United take on York City at the Kassam Stadium this Saturday and will be honouring the work that our armed services do. Representatives of all of our local bases will be attending, with serving personnel entitled to a free ticket if they come along in uniform.

The Abingdon Military Wives choir will be singing, the Royal British Legion will be in attendance, as will Chelsea Pensioners, there will be a flight simulator for fans to try and a collection by SSAFA, the national charity for those who serve in our Armed Forces, those who used to serve, and their families.

Jake went along with Olly the Ox to RAF Benson where he met staff and one of the flight crews before talking to the base's football side as they prepared for a cup semi-final. Jake told us:

"You can't compare life as a footballer with the job that these people do. They are genuine heroes and it was a pleasure to meet so many people and talk to them about life on the base and their time in the Military."

Jake revealed that he even considered life in uniform in his younger days:

"I was thinking about it. If I hadn't been offered a scholarship at Bradford then I was probably going to sign up and try and enrol in the Royal Marines. I admire anyone who has followed that path and it is great that the club have these Military Days every season."

Tickets are on sale for Saturday from and 01865 337533.

 All Military personnel and their families who want to come along can purchase their tickets at a special discount rate. Call the ticket office for details. 

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