Club's biggest-ever tribute to the Armed Forces ahead of City game.
Sunderland AFC is to once again show its support for the forthcoming Remembrance Day commemorations this weekend.
The Black Cats take on Manchester City at the Stadium of Light on Remembrance Sunday (November 10th) and the club will be joined by hundreds of serving military personnel, veterans groups and families of soldiers who lost their lives in the service of their country, in what will be SAFC’s biggest-ever tribute to the Armed Forces.
Soldiers from 22 Signal Regiment, led by WO2 (SSM) John Stephenson, will form a Guard of Honour in full military dress as the Sunderland and Manchester City players enter the field of play. A traditional two minutes silence will be observed by players and fans prior to kick off.
Members of 22 Signal Regiment will take part in a charity collection around the stadium to raise funds for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. The Sunderland squad will also sport special one-off match shirts, bearing the traditional poppy emblem, which will then be signed by the individual players and auctioned by the Royal British Legion for its Poppy Appeal.
Representatives from Brothers in Arms, the charity set up to build a new war memorial in the City of Sunderland dedicated to local men and women who lost their lives in battle or training since the end of the Second World War, will also be represented on the day.
This will be the eighth consecutive year that members of the Armed Forces have joined together with the club to pay tribute during the country’s Remembrance Commemorations.
Sunderland AFC Chairman, Ellis Short, said: “It is a tremendous honour for the club to welcome serving personnel, veterans groups and military families to the Stadium of Light. The North East region has a proud military history and tradition and it is important that the football club plays its part recognising this. This year it is all the more poignant with our game taking place on Remembrance Sunday.
WO2 (SSM) John Stephenson said “The people of Sunderland and Sunderland Football Club have been amazing in their support of the British Forces for the past eight years. Without fail, year after year they have dug deep to support all those currently serving and who have previously served. They have helped so many families who have unfortunately lost their loved ones throughout the years due to conflict. I am always overwhelmed with the kindness and generosity shown by everyone we engage with during our time in the North East”.