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Blades on target with Poppy appeal


17:00 3rd January 2017

Sheffield United match-worn EFL Poppy shirts have been auctioned off to help raise funds for The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

The Blades wore the commemorative shirts during November's 4-1 away victory against Chesterfield at the Proact Stadium and they have now been auctioned off to raise an impressive £3,486.99.

The fundraising efforts, in association with EFL title sponsor Sky Bet, are supporting the Legion's national campaign, Sport Remembers the Somme - an initiative in place to remember those of sporting men and women for the centennial year.

Seventeen Blades match-worn shirts were auctioned off by the Legion via eBay, and skipper Billy Sharp's signed poppy shirt raised an additional £429 after being raffled off in the club's Superstore.

Dave McCarthy, Operations Director at Sheffield United, said: "The Royal British Legion is a fantastic charity and it is great that SUFC could get involved and help contribute to the poppy shirt auction. We would like to thank supporters of Sheffield United for getting behind the charity bid and contributing to what is a fantastic charitable initiative."

The Poppy shirt auction comes after a month of fundraising and awareness activities during November from all 72 EFL clubs. Ahead of the club's Remembrance designated fixture Blades and Spireites players, fans and staff displayed a minute's silence, a poppy wreath and a special guard of honour to mark their respect.