Remembrance Day is always an emotional event in the calendar and Oxhey Jets are continuing their annual tradition of raising money for the Royal British Legion with another special commemorative match-day on Saturday.

The Spartan South Midlands Premier Division side will take on Icarus FC, whose team comprises of current and former RAF officers and the occasion will be even more poignant given that the fixture is being played in the year in which the service celebrated its 100th birthday.

All proceeds will go to the British Legion and the game comes a year after the club paid an emotional tribute to former player Tom Lake, who was killed while serving in Afghanistan.

To remember their former player, Jets took on a team from Lake’s Princess of Wales Regiment, known as ‘the Tigers’, last year in a match which the hosts won 6-1.

Jets’ general manager John Elliott takes great pride in the club’s fundraising activities for Remembrance Day and while admitting that it will be impossible to beat last year’s emotional match, he believes it will be another special occasion at the Boundary Stadium.

He said: “I don’t think there’s any more pride possible then being asked to play the Royal Air Force 100 side this year.

“Jets have always honoured Remembrance Day and it started off with just doing a minute's silence and always making sure that players had poppies on their shirts. Then we lost one of our own in Tom Lake which makes it instantly very personal because no one likes seeing the coffins come home through Wootton Bassett like we did a few years back.

“Then last year, because poppy day was on the Saturday, I sent an invitation to Her Majesty the Princes of Wales’ Royal Regiment and said ‘How would you like to play Oxhey Jets with all the proceeds going to the poppy tin?’ It turned out all the people involved were friends of Tom or with him the day he died. It was the most emotional day because Tom’s mum was there and everything. I don’t think many of us survived the whole day without having a tear.

“We looked after them and they were so impressed with what had happened because they’d heard about it and saw all the hall decorated, that from nowhere, an invitation came from Whitehall to us to play RAF 100. So, you have to jump at that because it’s such a compliment."

Elliott continued: “We’ll never be able to beat last year, so we won’t try. That will be a one-off memory locked in the stones of last year because when you can’t beat something it’s best not to try. As a one-off pure memorial to Tom and Tom only, I don’t think last year can be beaten. This year, the emphasis is very much on the national fallen.”

The Jets founder also went on to explain that special commemorative badges will be sold on the day and memorabilia from the RAF will also be auctioned off to raise further money for the British Legion.

He said: “The Royal Air Force are bringing some memorabilia from the Battle of Britain Flight to auction on the day. All the gate money will go to the British Legion.

“John Feenstra is the referee and he has paid and had 300 special key rings with the Jets and the RAF 100 badges on them.

“We have had special pin badges made with a poppy, a Jets badge and the RAF 100 logo and when people buy those, we don’t recoup any of the money. All of that goes into the poppy tin.”

He explained: “I’ve never seen a team so excited to play a game of football this weekend. There is a massive buzz in the changing room and a great atmosphere has formed.”

The teams are due to make their way on to the pitch at 2.45pm on Saturday for the pre-match acts of remembrance.