Players will wear a specially designed ‘Poppy Day’ shirt against Fulham on Remembrance Sunday as a mark of respect for those that gave their lives so that we can be safe – furthermore these (hopefully winning) shirts will later be auctioned for charity.
With Sunday’s Barclays Premier League game falling on Remembrance Sunday, Wigan Athletic players will each have a poppy sewn into their shirts as a mark of respect. The one-off shirts, supplied by official club kit partner Vandanel, will be later auctioned off for charity.
Each year the nation expresses its unequivocal support for The Royal British Legion’s charity work through the Poppy Appeal. The 2009 Poppy Appeal is emphasising the need to help the ‘Afgan generation’ of the Armed Forces and their families – on Sunday and for the rest of their lives.
To this end, and to mark the occasion, the club will hold a minute silence prior to Sunday’s 3.00 p.m. kick-off at the DW Stadium.
In addition, and in conjunction with the Mayor’s Office at the Town Hall, Wigan Athletic have invited those serving military personnel, uniformed organisations and veterans who are parading at the various Remembrance Sunday services around the Borough of Wigan to attend the game in their uniforms as guests of the club.
Chief Executive Brenda Spencer said: “As a club we are very happy to support the Poppy Appeal in this way as Wigan Athletic players wear the poppy on their shirts for the very first time.
“We also welcome the servicemen and women from the local area to the DW Stadium and trust that the sense of community will be felt on this special day.”
Following the game, the players’ shirts are to be auctioned with half the proceeds going to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, and the other half going to the club’s very own Community Trust.
There are two shirts per player and half are available by visiting the club’s auction website via www.latics.tv and clicking on ‘Auctions’. The remaining shirts will be made available on Sunday, again via auction, through various means.
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