Sheffield United: Blades issue Remembrance appeal

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Sheffield United have urged supporters to arrive early at Bramall Lane tomorrow and take part in a special tribute to the Armed Forces, writes James Shield.

The meeting with Barnsley is their closest home fixture to Remembrance Sunday and the family of a young United supporter, who was killed during the Falklands War, will place a wreath pitchside before kick-off.

Shaun Hanson, from Ecclesfield, died aged 20 during an attack on HMS Argent in 1982 as he attempted to tackle a fire whilst administering first aid to a colleague.

A United spokesperson said: “During the minute’s silence, just before kick-off, we are planning a huge poppy tribute on the Kennedy’s Kop and as such, we appeal to all fans who sit there to arrive early and help create this.

“There will no doubt be a big crowd for this match. Shaun’s parents will be representing all of those who have served, or are still serving, to protect our country.”

United’s players will also be wearing commemorative shirts, adorned with a red poppy, which will be auctioned on e Bay following the South Yorkshire derby with all proceeds being donated to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

*Twitter: @JamesShield