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Barnsley vs Wigan Athletic: Remembering The Fallen.

8 November 2016

A minute silence will be observed, and special edition poppy shirts will be worn and auctioned in aid of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Barnsley Football Club will honour those that lost their lives at war ahead of our game with Wigan Athletic on Saturday 19th November.

The weekend also marks 100 years since the end of the Battle of the Somme. Fought from 1 July to 18 November 1916, the Battle of the Somme was one of the bloodiest battles ever fought by the British Army.

We are kindly asking all supporters attending the game against game against Wigan Athletic, our chosen remembrance fixture at Oakwell, to join us as we pay our respects to all members of our Armed Forces who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

Ahead of kick-off we will be remembering and honouring all of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice - those who have served in the past and those who continue to fight today to maintain our freedom. Players and officials will emerge from the tunnel slightly earlier than normal before a minute’s silence is observed.

The players will also show their support to this year’s Poppy Appeal by playing in a special edition home shirt featuring a distinctive red poppy printed on the front. Barnsley fans will have the unique opportunity to bid for the players’ match-worn shirts online via Skey Bet's official eBay page. Each shirt will also be signed by the respective player. 100% of the money raised from the shirt auctions will be donated directly to the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal. The game will also be played with a limited edition Poppy ball, which will also be signed and auctioned after the game.

The money raised through the auction will help to maintain the fantastic work of the British Legion, an organisation who support members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, veterans and their families all year round.

The Royal British Legion helps the whole Armed Forces community through welfare, comradeship and representation as well as being the Nation's custodian of Remembrance. The charity has been campaigning to further the cause of serving personnel, ex-Service men and women and their families since 1921, and is a benevolent charity giving help to those most in need. The Legion created the Poppy Appeal to help those returning from the First World War. More than a century on from the midst of that conflict, they're still helping today's Armed Forces families in much the same way, whether coping with bereavement, living with disability, or finding employment.

The special edition poppy shirts will be listed online after the Wigan Athletic game and fans will be able to bid by clicking here.

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