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Royals shirts go under the hammer for the Poppy Appeal

Poppy shirts worn in Ipswich fixture to be auctioned

7 November 2018

Sky Bet, the title sponsor of the EFL, are auctioning hundreds of signed, match-worn Poppy shirts for The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

This year marks the centenary of the end of World War One, with The Premier League, The FA, EFL and the PFA joining forces under the banner of ‘Football Remembers’.

Shirts from Sky Bet Championship fixtures across October and November, are being auctioned on the CharityStars website.

There are also 48 signed shirts from Sky Bet League One and Two teams each with a poppy badge attached that will be auctioned for the cause.

The bookmaker has also donated over 400 tickets for EFL games to the Royal British Legion for use by current servicemen and women from across the UK.

On November 11th 1918, the Armistice was signed, signalling the end of World War One. One century on, England’s four football bodies will be part of the nationwide commemorations, with support from Premier League clubs, EFL clubs and the England national teams paying tribute through a variety of activities. 

The Royal British Legion’s Ben France said: “As the Centenary of the First World War comes to a close, The Royal British Legion is asking the nation to say Thank You to the First World War generation, who served, sacrificed and changed our world forever. That’s not just the British Armed Forces, but those who fought alongside from all corners of the world, and the men, women and children who played their part and suffered hardships at home.

“With the auction of the 2018 poppy shirts soon to launch, we’re hugely grateful for the continuing support of our partners Sky Bet and the clubs of the English Football League. Through the incredible generosity of the fans, we will ensure today’s Armed Forces and their families receive the support they need, and their unique contribution is never forgotten”

The four previous Sky Bet Poppy shirt auctions have raised over £350,000 to date. The match-worn shirts auctioned for the Royals will come from Saturday's match at home to Ipswich Town in the Sky Bet Championship.

When shirts are ready to browse and purchase, they will appear on the website here. Stay tuned to our social media channels for updates in due course.

Remembrance Activities – Reading vs Ipswich Town, Saturday 10th November 2018

  • 12.30pm Volunteers from The Royal British Legion selling poppies and collecting donations around the ground
  • 1.30pm Supporters invited to gather at the Remembrance Wall next to Gate 1; Reading Scottish Pipe Band performing in advance of the service
  • 1.45pm The Act of Remembrance will begin, led by Rev. Barry Kirk
  • 1.50pm Following 'The Last Post', wreaths will be laid
  • 2pm Individual tributes will be laid for the 15 former Reading players killed in the First World War
  • 2.40pm A 'Royals Remembered' video will be shown on the big screen inside Madejski Stadium
  • 2.47pm The Reading Scottish Pipe Band march onto the pitch, playing in front of the East Stand
  • 2.55pm Players emerge from the tunnel with poppies on their shirts (to be auctioned for Royal British Legion)
  • 2.56pm Coin toss with bespoke commemorative coin
  • 2.57pm Turnstiles around Madejski Stadium temporarily halted for Remembrance activity
  • 2.58pm Supporters will be asked to fall silent as bugler Mark Dallas perform the Last Post
  • 2.59pm Madejski Stadium observes a minute's silence
  • 3pm Kick-off; turnstiles will re-open upon the conclusion of the minute's silence

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