Sky Bet, the title sponsor of the EFL has announced a total of £104,964 raised for The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal through its 2015 Poppy Shirt Auction.
Clubs from the Sky Bet Championship donated their match-worn, signed shirts to the auction with fans bidding on their favourite players’ jerseys on the Legion’s eBay page.
Over 650 shirts were auctioned over last year’s Remembrance weekend along with 12 limited-edition commemorative footballs with bids from throughout the UK.
Rovers' signed shirts and the commemorative match ball raised almost £5,000, with Jordan Rhodes' match-worn shirt going for over £600.
Sky Bet, The Royal British Legion and the clubs of the Sky Bet Championship will join forces once again this year to raise funds for the Poppy Appeal.
Shirts worn on fixtures across 18-20th November will be auctioned on the Legion’s eBay page, along with 12 limited-edition balls emblazoned with the emblematic poppy logo.
This activity will support the British Legion’s national campaign, Sport Remembers the Somme, to commemorate the role played by sporting men and women for the centennial year.
Sky Bet spokesman Sandro Di Michele said: “We’re delighted to be continuing our relationship with the Royal British Legion into a third season after raising a terrific amount of money last year.
“The generosity shown by fans of Championship clubs was truly remarkable and we hope this year’s campaign will be no different.”
Royal British Legion Chris Vernazza said: “We’d like to extend our gratitude to Sky Bet for supporting the Legion through the shirt auction once again this year.
“The money raised for the Poppy Appeal goes towards supporting vital services such as The Royal British Legion’s Family Holiday Breaks, providing the families of serving and ex-Service personnel the chance to take a break away from the strains of everyday life.”