Over the weekend of 12/13 March 2011, our talismanic 'Loos Football' returned to the Museum after a very special journey to Northern France, having been accompanied there by a benefactor, Michael St Maur Sheil.
Michael, the son of a late London Irish Rifles officer, had taken the ball to Northampton University where it underwent a special treatment to conserve it for the foreseeable future. It then went on a return visit to the battlefield of Loos where Michael photographed it on its last playing field. Finally, it was dined home at the Officer's Club dinner, which was joined by two special guests from the world of Football, England World Cup winner and former Fulham player George Cohen MBE and Les Strong, also formerly of Fulham. George and Les joined Ed Harris, author of 'The Footballer of Loos' and Sue Harris, whose grandfather, Private Frank Edwards kicked off at the great Loos match!
Thanks are due to Tony Robinson for carrying the ball both into dinner and on Parade the next morning at Connaught House, all the time whilst wearing an authentic 1915 London Irish Rifles uniform.
Loos photograph courtesy of www.westernfrontphotography.com.