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Top teams including Aston Villa and Man United remember the fallen

 

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On Remembrance weekend, Villa Park will pay tribute to Britain's armed forces with a minute's silence for those who have fallen before saturdays live TV game against Manchester United.

Many clubs in the Premier League and Football League have plans to do similar before the weekend fixtures.

In many cases clubs have prepared special shirts for the day with a poppy motif. These will then be auctioned off to raise funds for the various armed forces charities.

Spurs players will wear special edition Poppy Shirts in this weekend’s clash with Manchester City - a game that falls on Remembrance Sunday.

All shirts will be signed by the respective player and auctioned off via the Club’s eBay and totten­ham­hotspur.­com, with proceeds going to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

The Club kicked off its support at last weekend’s home match with Wigan Athletic, when a collection was held around the ground and the teams were led out by members of the 2nd and 4th battalions of the Rifles regiment.

One of the servicemen present that day, Cpl Michael Pigeon, told us exactly what the work of the Poppy Appeal means to him and his comrades.

The lifelong Spurs supporter said: “The Poppy Appeal is important both to serving soldiers and those no longer serving, particularly injured soldiers and their families.

Indeed,all 20 Premier League clubs are in action over Saturday and Remembrance Sunday, and each will take to the field with shirts featuring poppies – the logo of the Royal British Legion – for their Barclays Premier League fixtures.
 
At every match tribute will be paid to those members of the Armed Forces who have lost their lives while serving their country, with a minute's silence before kick-offs.
 
Afterwards, the jerseys worn will be auctioned off via the clubs’ official websites with all proceeds going to the Poppy Appeal.
 
"This is something the club does every year and we are pleased to play our part in promoting the Poppy Appeal and the hard work of the Royal British Legion," said West Bromwich Albion's Liam Ridgewell, whose side also sported the Poppy Appeal shirts during their 2-0 victory against Southampton on Monday. "We'll be wearing our poppies with pride."

Meanwhile at Villa Park, Villa's only victory in 33 meetings came at Old Trafford three years ago. They haven't beaten them at home since the first day of the 1995-96 season which, incidentally, is the last time a club lost its first game and still won the Premier League title. Ominously, United were beaten in their opening match of this campaign, at Everton.

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