HARTLEPOOL United players will be paying their respects to fallen heroes to help raise money for the British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.
Pools will be wearing a one-off shirt in their FA Cup tie against East Thurrock United tomorrow that sports a poppy emblem ahead of Remembrance Sunday.
The all-white kit with blue panel – similar to that worn for last year’s appeal – is embroidered with a unique ‘Everyman Remembered’ poppy emblem on the chest and a commemorative British Legion logo on the back.
Each player’s shirt will be available for auction after the game with all proceeds to be donated directly to the Poppy Appeal.
“We’ve helped raise a lot of money for the British Legion’s Poppy Appeal in the past and we’d love to raise another record amount this time around,” said chief executive Russ Green.
“Every season we’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of our fans in donating for the appeal and we’re hoping for a similar response this season.”
Fans who successfully bid for a shirt will also be invited to a future game at Victoria Park where they will be presented with the shirt personally by the player who wore it.
“It’s a really nice shirt and a great gesture from the Club,” said Marlon Harewood, who was at Victoria Park to model the one-off design.
“This is obviously an extremely important charity and it’s one myself and all the players will be proud to support in the game this weekend.”
The club will also be holding a minute’s silence prior to the game as a mark of respect to all those who have lost their lives fighting for our country.