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Post  cyprussyd on 2019-10-30, 1:04 pm

Sunderland AFC is continuing its long-standing support for the Armed Forces and associated charities at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
Serving military personnel, veterans’ groups and families of those who have lost their lives in the service of their country, will all attend the Black Cats game against Southend United on Saturday 02 November. The final league game at the Stadium of Light before Remembrance Sunday will be the fifteenth consecutive year in which military personnel have joined Sunderland AFC and its fans to support the country’s annual Remembrance Commemorations.
Representatives from the Army, Royal Navy and RAF will all be present on the day.
Staff Sergeant Chris Gee from 5th Regiment Royal Artillery (The Yorkshire Gunners) will begin the tribute on Saturday afternoon, alongside SAFC staff, as he lays a poppy wreath at the club’s war memorial, ahead of the game.
Approximately 20 minutes prior to kick off, soldiers from the Royal Signals will undertake a parade around the pitch and form a guard of honour as both teams take to the field. SSgt. Gee will then lay a poppy wreath in the centre-circle, the Last Post will sound and a traditional period of silence will be observed by players, staff and supporters just prior to kick off.
The Lads will wear special one-off match shirts bearing the traditional poppy emblem, which will be auctioned after the game to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.
The club is also showing its support for Veterans in Crisis – Sunderland (VICS), a charity dedicated to supporting Sunderland-based veterans who are facing difficult times, to get back on their feet. Local veterans will be carrying out a bucket collection outside the stadium turnstiles to raise funds for this vital work.
Speaking about the club’s support Staff Sergeant Gee said: “Sunderland’s backing for the military and armed forces charities continues to be simply amazing. It is a huge honour for myself and the other members of the regiment to be playing our part in helping the club and the fans to support the Remembrance Commemorations.”
Ger Fowler from Veterans in Crisis – Sunderland said: “VICS would like to thank Sunderland AFC for its great work with the city’s veterans. This means the world to us and I am very proud that the club has asked us to take part on Saturday.”
Sunderland AFC’s chairman, Stewart Donald, said: “Saturday’s match is our opportunity as a club to show support and appreciation to the Armed Forces personnel and their families for the great sacrifices they have made, and continue to make, in the service of their country.
“It is a huge privilege for us to welcome members of the Armed Forces, their families and veterans’ groups as we pay our respects.”
The North East has a long-standing, proud military tradition and Sunderland AFC has worked in partnership with the Armed Forces and military charities for many years, on a range of initiatives and fundraising.

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Post  Gordon Armstrong on 2019-10-30, 1:21 pm

I'd love to be a part of the pre-match activity, but I can't remember the last time that I was there 20 minutes before kick-off and I don't expect that to change on Saturday [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

It's now't to do with having a pint, either . . . . it's waiting for my youngest daughter to get away from her daughter at her dancing class [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
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Post  gil t azell on 2019-10-30, 6:04 pm

I will be there but only about 7 nano seconds before the start. Would love to and should pay my respects but the music before the match now is absolutely f*cking woeful. For that reason I get in as late as poss.
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Post  wanderer on 2019-10-30, 6:08 pm

gil t azell wrote:I will be there but only about 7 nano seconds before the start. Would love to and should pay my respects but the music before the match now is absolutely f*cking woeful. For that reason I get in as late as poss.
Get on down with the kids you sad old fart.
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