Football shirts go under the hammer for the Legion

Match-worn signed shirts and limited-edition footballs auctioned

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Hundreds of match-worn football shirts are being auctioned off by Sky Bet to raise money for The Royal British Legion.

The shirts of English Football League players were worn during fixtures in November, the month of Remembrance. Each shirt features a poppy badge and is signed by its player.

The shirts are being auctioned on Sky Bet’s eBay page, along with 12 limited-edition footballs emblazoned with the poppy logo. There are also 48 shirts from Sky Bet League One and Two teams each with a poppy badge that will be auctioned for the cause.

These auctions support the Legion’s national campaign, Sport Remembers the Somme, to commemorate the role played by sporting men and women in the battle 100 years ago.

Shirts currently available to bid on include:

  • Aston Villa
  • Barnsley
  • Birmingham City
  • Brighton & Hove Albion
  • Burton Albion
  • Cardiff City
  • Derby County
  • Fulham
  • Leeds United
  • Norwich City
  • Huddersfield Town
  • Reading
  • Rotherham
  • Sheffield Wednesday
  • Wigan Athletic

Sky Bet spokesman, Sandro Di Michele, said: “We’re delighted to be continuing our relationship with the Royal British Legion into a third season after raising a terrific amount of money last year. The generosity shown by fans of Championship clubs was truly remarkable and we hope this year’s campaign will be no different.”

The Royal British Legion’s Chris Vernazza said: “We’d like to extend our gratitude to Sky Bet for supporting the Legion through the shirt auction once again this year. The money raised for the Poppy Appeal goes towards supporting vital services for our Armed Forces community.”

The two previous Poppy shirt auctions raised more than £200,000.

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