Mick Wadsworth proud of Pools poppy gesture

Hartlepool United striker James Poole with the 2011 Poppy Shirt. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool United striker James Poole with the 2011 Poppy Shirt. Picture by FRANK REID

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MICK Wadsworth is proud that his Hartlepool United side will wear poppy-embroidered shirts for tomorrow’s FA Cup First Round game with Stevenage.

Pools will join a host of clubs in donning the jerseys with the remembrance flower in honour of those who have given their lives in the line of duty.

There has been a national furore this week following FIFA’s initial decision not to allow England players to wear poppies on their shirts during Saturday’s friendly with Spain at Wembley.

However, a compromise has now been reached with the Three Lions set to wear black armbands embroidered with the flower.

Wadsworth, though, is delighted that Pools, and indeed society as a whole, are recognising the nation’s war dead with greater emphasis.

“It’s a wonderful gesture and it’s quite common in the game to have it embroidered in the shirt now,” he told SportMail.

“It’s a real testament to the forces.

“One of the things that has happened in my lifetime is a real appreciation by the public of the forces and what they do for us.

“Many years ago I don’t think they got the recognition that they deserve.

“With this huge emphasis we have on Help For Heroes, and at this time of the year with Remembrance Day, then it’s a certainly a very worthwhile situation that we’re putting ourselves into with these shirts.”

The shirt will also carry the motto “Shoulder To Shoulder With All Who Serve” to mark 90 years of the British Legion.

Each jersey will be made available for auction and the winner of each shirt will be presented personally by the player who wore it.

Check the club’s official website for further details over the coming week.

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