Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion have raised £9,249.71 for Help for Heroes following a joint online signed shirt auction designed to raise funds for the forces charity.

Both sets of shirts were signed after the Help for Heroes fixture at Selhurst Park last month and then went under ebay's virtual hammer to allow fans the chance to get their hands on a piece of club history.

The Coca-Cola Championship game on April 26 was named a Help for Heroes match by the South London club and, in addition to the shirt auction, the club invited members of the 261 Signal Squadron as special guests.

Each of the 16 West Brom shirts were underwritten, to the value of £250, by Mark Abraham, owner of 'The Car Centre' in Hereford, ensuring a minimum of £4,000 was added to the overall total.

"We are delighted the shirts we donated have raised so much money for such a vitally important charity," said Albion Chief Executive, Mark Jenkins.

"I'd like to thank The Football League and Crystal Palace for the part they played in the online auctions.

"And Mark Abraham deserves a special mention for his overwhelming generosity in helping such a worthy cause."

Darren Ambrose's shirt was the biggest seller for Palace - raking in £401.76 for Help for Heroes whilst four other Eagles shirts broke the £300 mark with only one dropping short of £200.

"The players were wearing next season's shirt as a way of showcasing the new design and because we couldn't use them again we wanted to put them to good use," explained Palace Chief Executive, Phil Alexander.

"We are always looking at ways of giving something back to the community and using the shirts seemed like a great way of doing that. West Brom agreed straight away to do the same thing as a good way of doing something for our guys serving abroad."

Help for Heroes was selected as the official charity partner of The Football League in September 2009 by over 25,000 football fans on an online vote on The League's official website.

"This is an incredible amount of money raised by Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion fans", added Gavin Megaw, Director of External Affairs at The Football League.

"All season fans and clubs across The Football League have being throwing their support behind Help for Heroes and this is another demonstration of the popularity and importance of this worthwhile charity."

List of shirts sold via ebay:

Darren Ambrose £401.76
Paddy McCarthy £385.00
Alan Lee £340.00
Shaun Derry £335.36
Julian Speroni £310.00
Matt Lawrence £280.00
Johannes Ertl £276.98
Nathaniel Clyne £275.10
Nick Carle £265.00
Neil Danns £260.51
Alassane N'Diaye £260.00
Marek Cech £250.00
Stern John £245.00
Claude Davis £245.00
Danny Butterfield £245.00
Clint Hill £245.00
Calvin Andrew £240.00
Sean Scannell £235.00
Charlie Mann £155.00

Help for Heroes has been selected as the official charity partner of The Football League for the duration of the 2009/10 season click here for more information.

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