Arsenal auctions Poppy shirts from Saturday

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Arsenal line up in their poppy shirts

Arsenal Football Club marked Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day – honouring those servicemen and women who gave their lives for peace – with the entire Arsenal team wearing a special one-off shirt with a poppy embroidered into the Club’s blue away shirt at the Gunners’ 4-1 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on Saturday.

Supporters now have the opportunity to bid for these truly special shirts, with all monies going to two very worthwhile causes - The Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.

Last year, the Club raised nearly £20,000 through the poppy shirt auctions, and is hoping to beat that amount this season.

Arsenal will be distributing the shirts for auction and raffles throughout media and its Club platforms, and we’re delighted to announce that Arsenal.com is kicking off the fundraising activities.

Arsenal.com has managed to get its hands on the actual shirts worn by Andrey Arshavin and Robin van Persie in the match at Wolves to be used in a silent auction, which both players have individually signed.

Those interested in bidding for the signed shirts worn by Arshavin and Van Persie at the Wolves match are now invited to place a bid in an online silent auction by e-mail.

Van Persie’s signed shirt is available especially for members of ‘The Arsenal’, with Arshavin’s signed shirt being available to those who wish to support the cause who are not members of the Gunners’ membership scheme.

Bidders for Arshavin’s signed shirt should e-mail poppyauction@arsenal.co.uk with their name, contact details and bid by Monday 30th November 2009. In the ‘Subject’ of the email simply type ‘Arshavin’ and the amount you wish to bid.

The individual who makes the highest single bid will receive the shirt. The highest bidder will be contacted and asked for payment details and will be sent Arshavin’s shirt once payment has cleared.

Members who wish to make a bid for Van Persie’s signed shirt are invited to place a bid through memberspoppyauction@arsenal.co.uk and are requested to include their membership number, full name, contact details and bid by Monday 30th November 2009. In the ‘Subject’ of the email simply type ‘Van Persie’ and the amount you wish to bid.

The individual who makes the highest single bid will receive the shirt. The highest bidder will be contacted and asked for payment details and will be sent Van Persie’s shirt once payment has cleared.

Arsenal Chairman, Peter Hill-Wood said: “I know all the players were very proud to wear these special shirts and remember those who’ve given their lives for our freedom.  We hope the Poppy shirts can raise vital funds for Help For Heroes and The Royal British Legion, both fantastic organisations who help those who have served and are currently serving in the British Armed Forces.”

Chris Simpkins, Director General of The Royal British Legion, said: "Once again we are most grateful for the support of Arsenal Football Club and its loyal supporters.

"As an Armed Forces charity, we will ensure the funds raised help to support Armed Forces past and present, and their families. The Royal British Legion is the leading UK charity providing direct, practical support for our wounded heroes and bereaved Armed Forces families. The past 12 months of conflict have increased the need for our help both today and for years to come - for their sake wear a poppy.”

Bryn Parry, Co founder of Help for Heroes said: “We are so grateful to Arsenal Football Club for their support. Help for Heroes and The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal are working closely together to ensure that, especially at this time of year, we remember those who have died as well as fundraise to care for those who have been wounded in the service of our country. The association with sport and with football in particular, will strike a chord with our servicemen and women who will gain strength from knowing they are being supported by the Gunners.”

The Club will also be shortly offering all the other unique shirts in auctions across the media and through Club channels. Further information on where these shirts will appear, will feature on Arsenal.com soon.

Arsenal auctions Poppy shirts from Saturday
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9 Nov 2009