Remembrance activities this weekend

by Stuart Vose

Club to pay respects.

Sunderland Football Club is to once again show its support for the forthcoming Remembrance Day commemorations.

The Black Cats take on Aston Villa at the Stadium of Light on Saturday 3rd November and the club will be joined by local military personnel from the Coldstream Guards. The soldiers will parade around the Stadium of Light pitch and form a guard of honour, in full military dress, as the Sunderland and Villa players enter the field of play prior to kick-off. 

This will be the seventh consecutive year that members of the armed forces have joined with the club to pay tribute during the country’s Remembrance Commemorations.

Hundreds of serving military personnel and veterans groups will be present on the day as guests of the club, along with families who have lost loved ones in recent conflicts. Members of the Royal British Legion will also sell poppies in and around the stadium to assist with vital fundraising for veterans.

Representatives from Brothers in Arms, the charity which was set up to build the new war memorial in the City of Sunderland, dedicated to local men and women who have lost their lives in battle or training since the end of the Second World War, will also be represented on the day.

SAFC commercial director Gary Hutchinson said: “The north east is steeped in military history and tradition and it is important that the club supports the local community by playing its part in the annual the Remembrance commemorations. It is a tremendous honour for the club to welcome serving personnel, veterans groups and military families to the Stadium of Light.

“We would also like to extend our sincere thanks in advance to the members of the Coldstream Guards, and in particular Sgt Chris Hunter, whose hard work has ensured that we are able to pay our own personal tribute during the country’s wider Remembrance commemorations.”

The Sunderland squad will also sport special one-off match shirts, screen-printed with the traditional poppy emblem, when they take on Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday 10th November – the nearest game to Remembrance Sunday. 

After the game the exclusive shirts will be signed by the individual players and auctioned on Sunderland’s official website,, with all monies raised helping to support the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal Fund.

Sunderland Football Club also supports the Tickets for Troops scheme, which makes tickets available to military personnel for Barclays Premier League games at the Stadium of Light.