Pools shirts a net gain for appeal

James Poole with one of the shirts and (left) a close-up of the special embroidery

James Poole with one of the shirts and (left) a close-up of the special embroidery

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SIGNED football shirts bearing poppies to remember the fallen are attracting big bids in an online charity sale.

Hartlepool United’s players wore the specially embroidered shirts in the FA Cup First Round match with Stevenage at Victoria Park on Saturday, November 12.

They have all been signed and are now being sold through online auction website eBay, with all money raised going to the Royal British Legion.

The shirt to attract the most interest so far is that worn by former Newcastle United star Nolberto Solano.

The Peruvian winger’s kit was going for £360 yesterday afternoon with 42 bids being made.

The highest other shirt prices as of yesterday afternoon were: Peter Hartley £91, Ritchie Humphries £77, Gary Liddle £77, Evan Horwood £102 and James Poole £102.

A spokesman for the football club said: “We are thrilled about how the bidding is going so far and it looks like we will be able to make a substantial donation to the Poppy Appeal.

“We would encourage all fans to take part and have a chance of winning what is a unique prize.”

The auction comes to an end at 4pm on Thursday.

As well as receiving the shirts, the winners of the auctions will be invited along to Victoria Park for the League One match with Yeovil Town on Saturday, November 26.

They will receive two tickets for the match and have the shirts presented to them by the player who wore it.

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