Below is a summary of some of the activity Football League clubs are undertaking this season in support of Help for Heroes.  Please visit the 'Latest News' section for more details.



The club made their fixture against Scunthorpe United on Saturday November 7 an "Armed Forces Day". Past and present members of the Forces were invited as special guests for the day.

Bristol City

Bristol City supporter Tim Dicks is organising two fundraising events in aid of Help for Heroes. The 26-year old is taking part in a 126-mile run from Ashton Gate to Plymouth's Home Park next year.

Tim also arranged a special charity derby match between fans of City and Bristol Rovers on November 15 in the hope of raising money for the charity.

Help him raise money on his website

City also nominated their tie against Preston North End as a Help for Heroes match on January 26.

Cardiff City

Around twenty-six thousand Cardiff City and Crystal Palace fans rose to their feet on Saturday October 17 to say thank you to their returning heroes from the Welsh Guards. The regiment had recently returned from the battlefields of Afghanistan and were honoured with a standing ovation and lap of honour prior to kick-off.

Coventry City

This season, Coventry City is offering members of the Armed Forces concessionary rate tickets. On average this works out at a 40% discount on the price of their match ticket.  The club is also working closely with the RAF.

Derby County

Derby's game against Coventry City on November 6 included discounted tickets for all members of the Armed Forces. A percentage of the tickets sales from the fixture went straight to Help for Heroes who held a pre-match collection. The local army regiment, the Mercian regiment, performed a pre-game guard of honour.

Doncaster Rovers

The Keepmoat Stadium was visited at the end of September by One Lancs. L.A.D Regiment who took part in a training session and ground tour with part-time Community Coach and full-time Sergeant Mark Margetts.

On 2 October 2009, staff from the club undertook a sponsored run with the Doncaster Civic Office to raise money for Help for Heroes. Also that day, community coach Joe Burton joined a Help for Heroes event in Doncaster that saw himself and others run stages of a marathon on a treadmill on steps of the Mansion House.

Rovers also staged a 'Help for Heroes' game against Watford on January 16

Ipswich Town

Manager Roy Keane took the players on a two day boot-camp with 7 Para in Colchester as part of their pre-season preparation.The club will host 7 Para at a game when they are next available, collecting money before and after the match.

Nottingham Forest

Forest's Community Scheme attended a fundraising event in September at Magnus School in Newark  in aid of Help for Heroes and operated a giant inflatable shooting game.

They also encouraged military personnel to attend their Championship game with Bristol City on November 7.  The club offered tickets to members of the Army, Navy, RAF and the TA for just £5.

The club invited as special guests, servicemen and women from Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Mercian Regiment to The City Ground for the game against Leicester City on December 5.

Following the success of their previous promotions, Forest provided all serving members of the Army, RAF, Navy and the TA with the chance to purchase two adult tickets for just £5 each for the visit of Reading on January 16.

Plymouth Argyle

Following the success of their last Armed Services Day, the Pilgrims are planning another on February 20.

Queens Park Rangers

Saturday 28 November was designated as a Help for Heroes day at Loftus Road. The club reached out to local garrisons to welcome around 300 members of the Forces and their families for the visit of Coventry City.

Bucket collections were stationed around the stadium with twelve troops performing a guard of honour as the players took the field. Also, there was a rendition of the national anthem prior to kick-off and at half-time the stadium held a minute's applause for our heroes.


The club organised six soldiers from Hermitage Barracks to lead the teams out on Saturday November 7 before their game against Ipswich Town.The Regimental Sergeant, Major Alan Beeton was a half-time guest on the pitch. Wives and girlfriends of local soldiers have produced a calendar to raise funds for Help for Heroes which went on sale before the game.

Also, Madejski Stadium hosted a celebrity charity football match on November 12 to support Help for Heroes. The game saw an England team take on a Rest of the World XI, including sportsmen, footballers and celebrities, with the match shown live on ITV. Lining up with the stars were current servicemen from Army, Navy and RAF.

Scunthorpe United

The club held a Help for Heroes Day on Sunday December 6 to coincide with the visit of Derby County and invitied servicemen and women to the fixture.

Sheffield United

United's game against Peterborough United on November 21 was a Help for Heroes Day with tickets for military personnel being offered at £5 with £1 going directly to Help for Heroes. In total, the club had 1,500 tickets on offer for the forces.

Swansea City

In April the club invited the Welsh Guards to their home game versus Norwich City. The families of two local Swansea supporters killed in Afghanistan were at the game to the game which was preceded with a tribute to the soldiers.


Brighton & Hove Albion

Albion's home tie against Colchester on Friday December 11 was nominated as a "Help for Heroes match". As a result, the club reduced prices for servicemen and their families to £5 per Adult, £3 for U16s and £1 for U10s for both home and away supporters.


Barnet made their league match against Crewe Alexandra a Help for Heroes fundraising day on December 12. A fun-filled day was organised including Christmas Carols, RAF bands, a guard of honour on the pitch and Army activities.

Bristol Rovers

Rovers' clash against Leeds United in October was designated as a "Help for Heroes fixture". Members of RAF 216 Squadron held a bucket collection at the game and Corporal Tom Neathway, one of the subjects of the BBC One documentary Wounded, was guest of honour.

Carlisle United

On November 7, the club invited Cumbrian soldiers who have returned home from Afghanistan or Iraq to be Guests of Honour at the club's FA Cup tie with Morecambe.  The soldiers received free seats for the game and were honoured with a half-time pitch parade in full uniform.

Charlton Athletic

Charlton held bucket collections and guards of honour before kick-off and during half-time of their game against Leyton Orient on January 25.  The club also auctioned-off signed shirts and John Alliston put his executive box up for temporary sale on eBay for the London derby to raise vital funds which were split between Help for Heroes and the Army Benevolent Fund.  The game was shown live on Sky Sports.

Colchester United

The U's are working closely with the Forces based locally and are planning extensive work with Help for Heroes in the summer of 2010.

The club is also showing support for our troops by offering a Forces discount at every home match this season.

Huddersfield Town

Wycombe Wanderers' visit to the Galpharm Stadium on November 14 was a "Help for Heroes" game. Complimentary admission was offered to several official ex-servicemen groups, whereas current forces personnel and their families received discounted tickets for the game.

The Yorkshire Regiment were at the game to give both teams a guard of honour as they entered the pitch, as well as to perform a drum presentation during the half-time interval.

Leyton Orient

Orient are extending their concessions category to include members of the Armed Forces. They can now purchase tickets from as little as £13. The club have a long association with the services, dating back to their involvement in World War One, in which over 40 players and staff enlisted in the Footballers' Battalion.


The visit of Wycombe Wanderers on November 21 was held as a 'Help for Heroes focus match'. In total, 150 military personnel attended the event which also had a military recruitment van as well as Help for Heroes merchandise on sale and bucket collections around the ground.

Four members of the Armed Forces took part in the respect line-up prior to kick-off whilst a half-time lap of honour was held for our heroes.

Milton Keynes Dons

The club made their game against Yeovil Town on December 5 an Armed Forces day in support of Help for Heroes. There were Special Ticket offers for Armed Service Personnel, ex-servicemen and their families.

Also MK Dons midfielder Peter Leven is donating £5 to Help for Heroes for every goal the team scores this season.


Southampton ran a discounted ticket promotion for the Brighton & Hove Albion game on Sunday November 15, available to all serving Armed Forces personnel.  All serving members of the Armed Forces were able to purchase a ticket to the match for just £10.

Stockport County

County have scheduled a Help for Heroes game on February 13 against Colchester United.

Swindon Town

Swindon held their first Military Day of 09/10 season in September. A scimitar tank delivered the matchball and fans donated a total of £1,800 for three military charities, including Help for Heroes.

The club is planning another Military Day on Saturday December 5th to coincide with the visit of Leyton Orient.  A whole host of military personnel will be present and the game will include a Guard of Honour as the players take the field plus a tank manned by eight Army members outside the ground.


The club is offering free admission to Members of the Armed Forces at all home League games on presentation of their ID.

Walsall officials are also looking to give Help for Heroes the opportunity to hold a bucket collection at one of their home games.


AFC Bournemouth

Bournemouth have allocated three season tickets to each of their two local bases for use of service personnel and their families as part of the club's overall Help for Heroes initiative.

Aldershot Town

The club designated the visit of Macclesfield Town on November 14 as a 'Help for Heroes day'.


Darlington staged a 'Help for Heroes' game against Aldershot Town on January 16.

Grimsby Town

Town staged a commemorative game in the memory of Guardsman Jimmy Major who was tragically killed in Afghanistan.  His former classmates from Lindsey School in Cleethorpes played a game at Blundell Park to raise money for Help for Heroes in his memory on December 12.

Lincoln City

Former City striker Simon Yeo drove all the way from his Cheshire home to Market Deeping earlier this season to present Supporters Trust Gold Member John Bates with one of his former shirts in a bid to increase fundraising efforts for a Help for Heroes charity bike ride in April 2010.

Money raised by the auction of Yeo's shirt from the 2004/05 season - a campaign which saw the former soldier rifle home 23 League and cup goals as City headed for the League 2 Play-Off Final - will go towards a charity bike ride which will tour the country next April. Chief Executive Dave Roberts will ride the leg that will finish at Sincil Bank for the home game against Morecambe.

Northampton Town

Northampton have announced reduced ticket prices for serving members of the British Armed Forces. Current personnel can purchase tickets for home league matches for just £10 on production of a valid ID card. Tickets must be booked in advance of a matchday.

Help for Heroes - Official Charity Season 2009-10