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Blades pay respects to war fallen

6 November 2015

This weekend United will show its support for members of the Armed Forces who have died in the line of duty (7th-8th November).

The Blades will support Remembrance Day in a number of ways. The home players will wear shirts emblazoned with a poppy for the FA Cup first-round fixture against Worcester City at on Saturday, and a delegation from the Yorkshire and Humberside Army Cadet Force will attend the match.

The Cadet Force will be carrying out bucket collections around the ground both for their organisation and for the Royal British Legion, and they have been invited to form the 'guard of honour' as well as undertaking wreath-carrying duties for the fixture.

A small Army Cadet band will be playing on the grass verge outside the ticket office and in the Platinum Suite for a short time afterwards, before joining the rest of the Cadet Force delegation in the family stand.

There will also be the traditional minute's silence, and poppies will feature both on the front of the matchday programme and on the Blades' social media.

The commitment to remember members of the Armed Forces is the latest in a long line of initiatives supported by United, and comes two weeks after the Blades hosted a 'Turn the Lane Pink Day' in support of the charity Breast Cancer Care.

Dave McCarthy, operations director at United, said: "Although I'm sure Sheffield United won't be the only football club supporting Remembrance Day this weekend, it's still extremely important to us to remember all those lost during wartime.

"War and conflict has shaped such a large amount of both British and world history, and so many have lost their lives because of it. That makes it all the more important to commemorate Remembrance Day with a show of support of our own.

"I'm hoping our fans will get behind this fantastic initiative and join their Club in any way they can."

* Sheffield United's Bramall Lane commemorates Remembrance Day in 2014.

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