Pilgrims' Poppy Pride

PLYMOUTH Argyle, the Green Army and the Royal British Legion are entering into a partnership unique in football this coming season.

Thanks to the Argyle Fans’ Trust, the Pilgrims will wear the Royal British Legion’s poppy logo on their shirts – home and away – during the 2014-15 Sky Bet League 2 campaign.

The AFT are making a sponsorship donation to Argyle on behalf of the RBL to acknowledge the work the organisation carries out for the men and women of the Armed Services.

As well as wearing the poppy on the back of their shirts, Argyle will help promote the Trust’s season-long campaign to fundraise for the RBL. The Trust hope supporters of other clubs will join them in supporting the RBL.

AFT Press Officer Tim Chown said: “Plymouth has a proud history as a military city, and the sponsorship recognises the tremendous work done by the Royal British Legion in supporting our forces personnel, past and present, and is also timed to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the first world war.”

Argyle Chief Executive Martyn Starnes said: “Plymouth Argyle is proud to be at the heart of a city rich in military history and tradition, and the club is fully committed to supporting our armed forces. We were the first club in the country to stage an Armed Services Day, which is now a high-profile regular event in the season, to honour and financially support our military and their families. This agreement takes that commitment to the next level.

Carole Arnold, the Royal British Legion Community Fundraiser for Devon, said: "The Royal British Legion is delighted to be in partnership with Argyle, the Trust and fans. The club has always been supportive of the work of the RBL and to join forces at this time, with the first world war commemorations, is even more important.  The club has a wonderful reputation within the community and, with Plymouth being a major military city, it will enable us to continue our work with serving and ex-serving military.”

Further details of the unique arrangement will be revealed at Home Park on Tuesday.