TODAY – Remembrance Sunday – Plymouth Argyle stands alongside all those honouring the service and sacrifice of our Armed Forces community and civilian servicemen and women involved in the two world wars and in many other conflicts.
The Argyle directors, management, players and staff remember all those who gave their today for our tomorrow, including brave Pilgrims who died in defence of freedom: Alfred Baker, Billy Baker, William Cox, Evelyn Lintott, Stanley Reed, William Sutherland, Norman Wood.
We are both proud and humble to be a club that represents and supports a services community, and, accordingly, we had set aside our home EFL fixture against Grimsby Town on Saturday, November 2 – our nearest home league game to Remembrance Sunday – to pay our respects.
A minute’s silence before kick-off was planned, together with a poignant contribution from PAFC Displays, while our players were going to wear a shirt with a poppy insignia that would be auctioned off for the Royal British Legion. There was also to be a collection for the RBL at Home Park.
Unfortunately, the game was called off and none of our plans came to fruition.
That is the bad news – the good news is that we are already planning for our annual Armed Services Day fixture in the new year, and that we still plan to auction off the now extremely collectible poppy-emblazoned shirts for the Grimsby Town game to raise much-needed funds for the RBL.
We were unable to wear those poppy shirts at Bolton on Saturday as those shirts bore the EFL logo and the match against Wanderers was an Emirates FA Cup game. Bolton, like ourselves and many EFL clubs, had planned for their remembrance observance on the previous Sunday and wore their poppy shirt then.
They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.