The practice among many English football clubs to have a poppy on their shirts for Remembrance day has attracted it’s fair share of controversy with some players receiving abuse for failing to wear the special shirts. James McLean formerly of West Bromwich Albion, now of Stoke being one such player. McLean who was brought up near the scene of the infamous Bloody Sunday massacre in Northern Ireland feels that he cannot in all good conscience wear a poppy when it is being used to commemorate servicemen who have died “in all conflicts”
As well as raising awareness for the British Legion and being an act of respect, one side affect of players having special poppy shirts is that some clubs have put up their shirts for auction with the proceeds going to worthwhile charities. For Crystal Palace fans who missed out on last years auction there is still a great opportunity to get hold of one of the shirsts namely Andros Townsends shirt from the EPL match last Novemebr between Crystal palace and Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley. Palace Echo have the Andros Townsend (former England international) shirt from the match available as a free prize draw on their website. The shirt comes with a certificate of authenticity and is signed by the player himself to add value.
Meanwhile Spurs are still struggling over delays to their move to their swanky new stadium at White hart Lane. Constant delays have meant that the proposed start date has been put off several times and they are still having to play their home games at Wembley. The Wembley pitch has been struggling to keep up with the different demands from different sporting events, especially use for American football. This has led to it being branded as one of the worst pitches in the English premier league this season. A warning of what may come for Spurs in their new stadium if they get things wrong with their plans to host NFL events as well as football.