Crystal Palace are showing their support for Help for Heroes - the official charity partner of The Football League for the 2009/10 season - during their game against newly-promoted West Bromwich Albion on Monday 26 April by auctioning off both sets of signed shirts worn during the game for the forces charity.
Founded in 2007, Help for Heroes raises vital funds to help rehabilitate military personnel injured in the line of duty and was selected in September by fans to be the season-long charity of The League.
And in recognition of this, both sets of shirts worn for the Coca-Cola Championship game, which kicks-off at 8pm and is live on Sky TV, will be signed and auctioned-off with all the proceeds going to Help for Heroes.
"Crystal Palace FC are delighted to take part in such a positive initiative," said the club's Chief Executive, Phil Alexander who devised the idea. "In these troubled times we forget that we are only playing a football match whilst others are risking their lives on the other side of the world. I hope the shirts raise a great deal of money as it is such as worthy cause."
In addition to the auction, Palace have invited members of the British Army 261 Signal Squadron to attend the game at Selhurst Park and the club is set to announce more military activity on the night in the coming days.
The shirt auction is a unique chance for fans of both sides to get their hand on a piece of club history and will take place on the official Football League website at www.football-league.co.uk following the game.
"It is great to see both clubs working together at Palace's final home game of the season," added Gavin Megaw, Director of External Affairs at The Football League. "Help for Heroes is an important charity for The Football League and we encourage fans from both clubs to get bidding when the shirts go online at www.football-league.co.uk."
Mark Jenkins, Chief Executive at Albion explained: "In our promotion winning season I can see these shirts being much sought after by our supporters and we are delighted to be working with Palace to raise funds for this vitally important charity.
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