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11 November 2016

Royals will host Remembrance Day service next weekend

We will remember them...

Sky Bet, The Royal British Legion and the clubs of the Sky Bet Championship will join forces once again this year to raise funds for the Poppy Appeal.

The EFL recently announced a total of £104,964 raised for The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal through its 2015 Poppy Shirt Auction. Clubs from the Sky Bet Championship donated their match-worn, signed shirts to the auction with fans bidding on their favourite players’ jerseys on the Legion’s eBay page.

More than 650 shirts were auctioned over last year’s Remembrance weekend along with 12 limited-edition commemorative footballs with bids from throughout the UK. Shirts worn on fixtures across 18-20th November will be auctioned on the Legion’s eBay page, along with 12 limited-edition balls emblazoned with the emblematic poppy logo.

This activity will support the British Legion’s national campaign, Sport Remembers the Somme, to commemorate the role played by sporting men and women for the centennial year.

The 2016 campaign was launched along with a cheque presentation for last year’s fundraising effort and Sky Bet spokesman Sandro Di Michele said: “We’re delighted to be continuing our relationship with the Royal British Legion into a third season after raising a terrific amount of money last year.

“The generosity shown by fans of Championship clubs was truly remarkable and we hope this year’s campaign will be no different.”

Royal British Legion Chris Vernazza said: “The money raised for the Poppy Appeal goes towards supporting vital services such as The Royal British Legion’s Family Holiday Breaks, providing the families of serving and ex-Service personnel the chance to take a break away from the strains of everyday life.”

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.

To register your interest in the auction, please visit:

Reading Football Club 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.

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.”

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