Still time to buy Hartlepool United Poppy Appeal shirts

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FOOTBALL fans still have time to get their hands on a player’s special shirt worn during Pools’ FA Cup match

Hartlepool United players paid their respects to fallen heroes to help raise money for the British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

Pools wore the one-off shirt in their FA Cup tie against East Thurrock United that sported a poppy emblem ahead of Remembrance Sunday earlier this month.

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 is now available for auction on ebay, with all proceeds to be donated directly to the Poppy Appeal.

Last year’s appeal raised £5,000 and so far, with the bidding ending on Saturday, Michael Duckworth’s shirt has reached £310, Scott Flinders’ shirt stands at £206 and Marlon Harewood’s is £205.

A club spokesman said: “There’s been some great early bidding on the one-off Poppy Appeal shirts that Pools wore during their FA Cup win over East Thurrock United – but there’s still time for you to get involved.

“Fans have been rushing to place bids on the match-worn shirts which went under the hammer on eBay, with all funds being donated directly to the British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

“Included in the auction is the shirt worn by two-goal match-winner Jonathan Franks – and the winner of his shirt will also get the one worn by East Thurrock’s Man of the Match David Hughes.

“Winning bidders will be invited to The Vic for our game against Oxford United on Saturday, December 20, receive two match tickets and have their shirt presented to them personally by the player who wore it (subject to availability).

“If you want to get your hands on a true piece of Pools memorabilia and help a worthy cause then why not get in on the bidding?”

• To bid for a shirt, CLICK HERE