STOKE CITY supporters will be given the chance to make a major contribution once again to the annual Poppy Appeal . . . as the North Staffordshire branch of the Royal British Legion aim to hit the £500,000 mark with fund-raising this year.
A collection will be held at Saturday's Barclays Premier League match against Sunderland and the Club are planning to hold an internet auction of the limited-edition poppy shirts which will be worn early next month ahead of Remembrance Day.
The local Poppy Appeal was launched at Clayton Wood Training Ground when England pair Ryan Shawcross and Michael Owen, American international Geoff Cameron and Jamie Ness joined RAF reservist Mike Stubbs for a promotional photo-shoot.
City's shirt auction raised more than £8,000 last year and with the likes of Owen, Shawcross, Peter Crouch and Charlie Adam in the squad, the Club will be hoping that they prove to be just as popular, if not more so, when this year's event is held.
The success of last year's auction meant that the Potters were able to donate a total of more than £10,000 in total to the local Poppy Appeal.
"The Club's involvement and the presence of players like Shawcross and Owen is a significant boost to us locally, and indeed nationally," said Stubbs who is now the community fund-raiser for the North Staffordshire branch of the Royal British Legion.
"All the money raised will go towards providing vital support for the Armed Forces and their families, so we're urging everyone to get involved."
Details of City's shirt auction will be announced shortly, but it is likely to feature a shirt from everyone in the current 25-man Premier League squad.