Order of Service for our designated fixtureWe will be holding a Remembrance Day service at our next home fixture in the Sky Bet Championship, which falls on Saturday 19th November when we meet Burton Albion at Madejski Stadium.
All 24 teams in the Championship will unite to honour those who lost their lives in service during their weekend fixtures. In particular we will mark the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme, which ended 100 years earlier on 18th November 1916.
Supporters’ Trust at Reading (STAR) will be holding a Remembrance Service at 1.45pm at the Remembrance Wall (by Gate 1), and our Co-Chairman Sir John Madejski, as well as representatives from STAR and our Former Players’ Association, will each lay a wreath.
We will also be welcoming the Reading Scottish Pipe Band, who will perform at the service and then outside Madejski Stadium.
A number of complimentary tickets have been provided to members of the Armed Forces and their families, and the Royal British Legion will be holding a collection around the ground.
Across all of the 72 member clubs between 12th-19th November, there will be a minute’s silence and an EFL wreath laid on the pitch prior to kick-off to remember and honour all of those that have fallen in battle.
All 24 Sky Bet Championship teams will be wearing Poppy shirts and the matches will be played with a limited edition Poppy ball. To date, Sky Bet and EFL clubs have together raised nearly £250,000 for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal from auctioning match-worn poppy shirts.
The shirts and balls from this year’s Remembrance fixtures will be auctioned to help support the fantastic work the British Legion does by supporting members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, veterans and their families all year round.
EFL Communications Director, Mark Rowan said: “Every single one of our clubs lost players, staff and supporters, it is only right and appropriate that we pay tribute. Football is all about community and the EFL’s clubs, fans and staff will all stand in silence together to pay our respects this November.”