Leeds United: Fans dig deep for Poppy Day kit

Gary Dunne with the Leeds United shirt he bought pictured with Debbie Westlake of the Royal British Legion.
Gary Dunne with the Leeds United shirt he bought pictured with Debbie Westlake of the Royal British Legion.
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LEEDS United fan Gary Dunne is feeling blooming marvellous after showing his support for the Whites and helping a charity into the bargain.

Gary has paid out £650 for one of the shirts United’s players wore for their Remembrance weekend fixture against Bristol City last year.

Each incorporating a poppy emblem, the shirts were signed after the match and then donated to military-related charities.

The top worn by left-back George McCartney was given to the South and West Yorkshire branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL).

And when the RBL auctioned off the shirt, it was Gary who came up trumps with the winning bid.

The 48-year-old, who lives in Norwich but is a lifelong Leeds fan, said: “The chance to have a shirt worn in a game and signed by the squad was just too much to pass up.

“The fact that the money is going to such a worthwhile cause makes it all the better.

“I’m not going to wear it to games, though, it might get dirty! I think it’s going to be framed and hung on the wall.”

RBL community fundraiser Debbie Westlake said: “We’d like to thank Leeds United and, of course, Gary for their support.”

United’s poppy shirts have now raised more than £2,000 for the charities that received them as donations.

As reported by the YEP, the sale of Bradley Johnson’s shirt brought in £1,050 for the Leeds Sea Cadets.

A United spokesman said: “We have long had an excellent relationship with a number of military charities.

“It’s great to be able to assist with the raising of funds for what are very deserving causes.

“The total will continue to grow as different charities use the shirts to raise funds.”

l United’s game against Bristol City was also marked by a farewell visit from members of the crew of the decommissioned HMS Ark Royal aircraft carrier, which had close links with the city of Leeds.

paul.robinsons@ypn.co.uk

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