Hartlepool United to show Poppy pride against Cheltenham Town

(left to right) Hartlepool United players Nicky Featherstone, Michael Woods and Michael Duckworth in the 2015 Hartlepool United poppy shirt. Picture by FRANK REID
(left to right) Hartlepool United players Nicky Featherstone, Michael Woods and Michael Duckworth in the 2015 Hartlepool United poppy shirt. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool United players will be wearing a one-off kit during tomorrow’s game against Cheltenham Town to help raise money for the British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

The change of kit has become a tradition at Victoria Park and has helped raise thousands of pounds for the charity in recent years – and the club is hopeful it will do so again.

This year’s Nike design features royal blue with stylish white side-panels and is complete with an embroidered poppy emblem and the words ‘Lest We Forget’.

As usual, each player’s shirt will be made available for auction after the game with all proceeds being donated directly to the Poppy Appeal.

Club chiefs say it will be a unique opportunity for Pools fans for get their hands on one-off memorabilia.

“This is something we’re extremely proud to be involved in every year,” explained chief executive Russ Green.

“The one-off kits always seem to prove popular with supporters and it’s a unique opportunity to own a piece of limited edition club memorabilia while at the same time support a very worthy cause.

“It never ceases to amaze me how generous our fans are when it comes to the Poppy Appeal and we hope that this year we can raise more than ever for the charity.”

The club will also hold a minute’s silence prior to kick-off in this weekend’s FA Cup tie at The Vic as a mark of respect to all those who have given their lives fighting for our country. Details will be releaesd next week on how people can get their hands on one of the match-worn shirts from the game.