Black Cats give their support to Poppy Appeal

SAFC stars Jack Rodwell, left,  and Steven Fletcher are backing the club's Remembrance events.
SAFC stars Jack Rodwell, left, and Steven Fletcher are backing the club's Remembrance events.
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The Black Cats will pay tribute to Britain’s fallen this weekend.

Sunderland take on Southampton at 3pm on Saturday, and more than 2,000 serving military personnel, veterans groups and families of soldiers who have lost their lives in the service of their country, will be at the Stadium of Light.

Members of 2 Signal Regiment will undertake a charity collection at the stadium to raise funds for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

The Sunderland squad will sport special match shirts bearing the traditional poppy emblem, which will then be auctioned by the Royal British Legion.

Representatives from Brothers in Arms, the charity set up to build a new war memorial in the City of Sunderland, will also be present on the day, along with serving members of the Coldstream Guards and 3 Rifles, the successors to the Durham Light Infantry.

Soldiers from 2 Signal Regiment, led by WO1(RSM) John Stephenson, will form a Guard of Honour as the players enter the field, before a poppy wreath is laid in the centre circle by Coldstream Guard and Sunderland season card holder, Colour Sergeant Chris Hunter.

WO1 (RSM) Stephenson: “I am always overwhelmed with the kindness and generosity shown by everyone we engage with during our time in the North East, and the people of Sunderland and Sunderland Football Club have been amazing in their support of the British Forces for the past 10 years.

“Year after year, without fail, they have all dug deep to support those currently serving and who have previously served.”