HUDDERSFIELD Town is kitting-out Yorkshire’s servicemen by donating first team shirts to troops based in Afghanistan.
This week, more than 50 shirts will be passed on to the Yorkshire Regiment ahead of Town’s match against Wycombe Wanderers at the Galpharm Stadium on Saturday (kick off 12.05pm) which is dedicated to the charity Help for Heroes.
Fifty soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment will be at the game to perform a guard of honour as the players come onto the pitch and there will be a 10-minute drum presentation at half time.
Twenty local ex-servicemen’s groups have been invited and offered free and discounted tickets to the match.
The club’s match day magazine, Give Us An H, is being themed to the forces and a bucket collection will be held for the Help for Heroes charity. Representatives from the forces will be selling Help for Heroes wristbands.
Commercial director Sean Jarvis said “It’s about pride. Pride in our team and in our colours and pride in our forces and the immensely difficult job that they do.
“I know there are a number of Town fans in the regiment and the donation of first team shirts is the least we can do.
“This weekend’s game should be a fantastic spectacle with everyone wearing their blue and white shirts and showing the colours with pride. We are delighted to be showing our appreciation and support of the armed forces.”
Major Simon Routh from the Yorkshire Regiment said: “We have a lot of soldiers in the Yorkshire Regiment who support Huddersfield Town.
“At this time when a lot of the regiment is deployed in Afghanistan it is always nice for them to hear about support from your local community.
“I would like to thank Huddersfield Town on behalf of the Regiment, for this generous offer which is gratefully received.”