Burnley will be among the Premier League clubs falling silent from this weekend ahead of Remembrance Day.
The club and fans will pay their respects to the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces community, past and present, at Monday’s home game against Newcastle United, which is the last home game before November 11.
Members of the Armed Forces will be special guests of the club, and a rendition of the Last Post will be played pitchside shortly before kick-off.
As well as the minute’s silences taking place, and as in previous years, Burnley players will be wearing special-edition shirts with poppies embroidered on them.
These shirts will be signed and put up for auction with the funds supporting The Poppy Appeal 2017, by The Royal British Legion.
For the first time, fans interested in purchasing the shirts and contributing to the appeal can register their interest for the auctions either through the Burnley FC website, or at premierleague.com/poppy.
The Premier League has been supporting The Royal British Legion since 2012, and has raised £1.3million for the charity.
This money has helped The Legion offer support in many ways including providing crisis grants, researching the long-lasting impact of blast injuries on the body, lobbying the government on issues that affect our community, sport and art based recovery programmes and advising on benefits and money problems
“The Poppy Appeal 2017 is encouraging the public to recognise that your poppy supports the Armed Forces community past and present, and is a symbol of both Remembrance and hope,” The Royal British Legion’s Director of Fundraising Claire Rowcliffe said.
“The work of the Legion is as relevant and vital today as it was in the aftermath of the First World War when the charity was founded. The donation for your poppy will help the Legion support today’s Armed Forces community through hardships, injury and bereavements.
“We are incredibly grateful to the Premier League for supporting this year’s Poppy Appeal and to the football community who each year dig deep and donate.
“The Legion’s work is entirely dependent on the public’s generous support – so please wear your poppy with pride, knowing that you are helping the Armed Forces community to live on.”
MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES AT TURF MOOR ON MONDAY ARE:
Lieutenant Andy Nolan Royal Navy
W01 Ian Dryburgh
LET Marc Carter
Colonel Phil Harrison
Lt Col John G Lighten
Major Mike Phil
Wg Cdr Neil Hope
Wg Cdr Neil King
Sqn Ldr Garf Parker
Fly Lt (Retd) Tony Kinchley