Wycombe Wanderers are privileged to once again be hosting the launch of the countywide Poppy Appeal.The club will host a formal presentation by local dignitaries ahead of the game with Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday 25th October, as part of the Royal British Legion’s commemoration of the centenary year of the start of World War I.
Adams Park first staged the ceremony in 2011 – continuing to support the Royal British Legion in each year since.
In attendance will be Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire; Cllr Khalil Ahmed, mayor of High Wycombe; Joe Barclay, High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire and Wing Commander John Riddell, station commander at RAF High Wycombe.
Supporters will be able to obtain poppies at the match in return for a donation, as part of the Legion’s activities to raise much-needed funds for the work they undertake.
The launch of the appeal follows a special visit to the Somme by the whole Wanderers squad earlier this month, when they paid their respects at the Footballers’ Battalions Memorial and took part in the Great War Centenary Tour around numerous battlefields and cemeteries.
Wanderers’ partnership with the Legion is particularly relevant as 100-year-old club president Monty Seymour also holds the position of president of the High Wycombe branch of the organisation, having served in World War II and been made an honorary burgess of the town in 2002.
Club chairman Andrew Howard said: “Wycombe Wanderers are proud of its association with the armed forces and look forward to welcoming the Royal British Legion to Adams Park for this special occasion.
“The visit to the Somme has given the club an even deeper appreciation and respect for the sacrifices made by those who fought in the war and I’m sure the ceremony will be a very poignant moment for everyone in the stadium.”
Kevin Taylor, chairman of the High Wycombe branch of the Legion, said: “High Wycombe and Wycombe Wanderers have always been extremely supportive and generous for the annual Poppy appeal. I know this tradition will continue and we are pleased to again be at Adams Park for the launch. High Wycombe and Wycombe Wanderers can say with pride – we will remember them, today, tomorrow, always.”