Pools shirt nets £5,000

Luke James celebrates scoring his second goal against Notts County in the Poppy Appeal shirt
Luke James celebrates scoring his second goal against Notts County in the Poppy Appeal shirt
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A UNIQUE Hartlepool United strip has netted £5,000 for the British Legion’s Poppy Appeal to the delight of club bosses.

Pools wore the one-off kit, which was a white shirt with a single thick blue strip, for the recent FA Cup win over Notts County, which Colin Cooper’s side won thanks to goals from Jack Baldwin and a Luke James double.

Hartlepool United players line up for a minutes silence before the game against Notts County. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool United players line up for a minutes silence before the game against Notts County. Picture by FRANK REID

The match was held the day before Remembrance Sunday and the shirts worn by the players were then auctioned off, with all the proceeds going to the British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

Club bosses say the auction raised £5,000, with James’ shirt going for £501 and the top worn by Michael Duckworth selling for £500.

Mark Simpson, the club’s media manager, said: “It’s our best year of fund-raising yet, so we’re really pleased with it.”

For the last seven seasons Pools have supported the annual charity appeal, wearing a poppy emblem on their shirts and then auctioning them off after the game.

Russ Green, chief executive, said: “We’ve always tried to support the British Legion’s Poppy Appeal and we’re delighted to be able to do so again.We were among the first clubs to incorporate a poppy logo on to match shirts and we’re proud of the amount of money our supporters have helped us raise over the last seven years.”

Now with the auctions for Pools’ poppy shirts having ended, the club have launched a special one-off raffle with all proceeds again being donated to the British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Club officials say the shirt was one produced as a spare for the match and, as such, has no name or number on the back but it does feature the embroidered poppy motif on the front, as well as club logo and sponsor.

The large Nike shirt will be signed by the current first team squad.

Raffle tickets are now on sale from the club ticket office priced at £1 each. They will remain on sale until 4pm on Thursday, December 5.

The draw will be made on Friday, December 6.

lFor more information call the ticket office on (01429) 272584 or email commercial@hartlepoolunited.co.uk