Postponed – Red Arrows vs BBMF: Swapping the air for the football pitch for charity

UPDATE: The match has been postponed due to a Red Arrows Hawk jet crashing at RAF Valley in Wales on Tuesday.


Members of the Red Arrows will play against the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight crew in a charity football match on Tuesday night.

Pilots and engineers from the two Lincolnshire-based Royal Air Force teams will face each other at Lincoln United’s Ashby Avenue ground, with kick-off at 7pm on March 20.

Tickets are available on the gate on the night and cost £5 for adults, with concessions and under-16s getting in for £2.

All proceeds will be donated to the Children’s Air Ambulance, International Bomber Command Centre and Prostate Cancer UK.

Red Arrows engineer Corporal Phil Broadbent, who organised the match, said: “Physical fitness and teamwork is a big part of the Royal Air Force and we play football on a regular basis, so I thought why not put all the practice to good use for charity.

“All of us taking part are hoping people in Lincolnshire will head to the ground, enjoy the game and help support these great causes.”

The Commanding Officer of Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Squadron Leader Andy Millikin, said: “The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight are really pleased to be taking part in this charity football match.

“We will have an opportunity to compete (good-naturedly of course!) with the Red Arrows on the ground instead of in the air for a change, whilst raising money for some very good causes.”