Charlton to host Armed Forces Day at The Valley on Saturday

Charlton will host its annual Armed Forces Day when the Addicks take on Doncaster Rovers at The Valley on Saturday, November 3rd (3pm).

The Addicks will wear poppies on their shirts for the match – ahead of the 100th anniversary since the end of the First World War on Sunday, November 11th. A period of silence will also be observed before kick-off.

Around 20 troops from Woolwich Barracks will be in attendance on Saturday, alongside a dozen submariners, and they will lead Charlton and Doncaster onto the pitch.

Ahead of the period of silence, a bugler will play the last post and, before that at around 2pm, Club Chaplain Matt Baker will hold a short service outside of The Valley’s main reception by the club’s war memorial plaque.

Charlton players Fred Chick and Herbert ‘Nobby’ Nightingale lost their lives during World War One, as did club secretary Jim Mackenzie, and Saturday’s service will commemorate their lives. The last post will also be played following the service and all fans are invited to attend the service.

Saturday’s period of silence just before kick-off will also be used to remember the life of Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who was tragically killed in a helicopter crash at the King Power Stadium on Saturday. All at Charlton Athletic send their thoughts to Leicester at this very sad time.

Representatives from the Royal British Legion will be at The Valley on Saturday to collect any donations that supporters wish to make to the charity.

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