Reading Football Club and the rest of the EFL are proud to be supporting Poppy Appeal this year– and we will once again wear poppy-branded shirts when we meet Stoke City this weekend, which will be auctioned to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.
As we mark 75 years since Victory in Europe and Victory over Japan, the Royal British Legion is celebrating the contribution of our Armed Forces who came together to defend our way of life then, but also those who continue to do so today.
This year we honour the unique service and sacrifice of all who fought during the Second World War, and that of today’s Armed Forces, who have stood alongside essential workers on the front line of the fight against Covid-19.
As a show of their support, a number of Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two Clubs will once again wear special-edition shirts embroidered with a poppy in matches played in the lead-up to this year’s Remembrance weekend. The match-worn shirts will then be signed and made available to purchase in an auction after the game, with all proceeds going to the Legion.
The Royals meet the Potters in the 12.30pm kick-off on Saturday, live on Sky Sports, where we will continue to show our support for the Royal British Legion and the Armed Forces community. Our players will wear shirts bearing the poppy for the fixture, which will be put instantly up for auction as soon as kick-off comes on www.matchwornshirt.co.uk/club/reading
As well as wearing the poppy emblem on our shirts, we will be hosting a service ahead of the kick-off – where we will lay a wreath, observe the last post and take a moment of remembrance for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
The Legion’s work is more vital than ever this year as the charity supports communities through additional hardships, from those struggling with social isolation, financial difficulties and unemployment, to those who have lost loved ones or are facing the threat of homelessness.
Claire Rowcliffe, Director of Fundraising at The Royal British Legion said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has had an overwhelming impact on people’s livelihoods and way of life, leaving some in the Armed Forces community in dire need of urgent help and support.
“We are extremely grateful for the support the EFL clubs and the football community show the Poppy Appeal every year. The Legion’s work is entirely dependent on the public’s generous support, and this year we need that support more than ever, so we can ensure that those who have served and sacrificed on our behalf are looked after. Every poppy counts.”
Although you won’t be able to buy a poppy at your Madejski Stadium this season, you can still donate to the Poppy Appeal at www.rbl.org.uk/poppyappeal or show your support with one of our club-branded pin badges available at www.poppyshop.org.uk/collections/football-pins