This Sunday 10th November 2019 will see Wellington Phoenix players taking to the field wearing a special Poppy Appeal-themed playing kit, for their Round 5 match versus the Melbourne Victory at AAMI Stadium.
This away match falls on Remembrance Sunday, which is traditionally a time for Commonwealth nations to reflect on the sacrifices of the country’s servicemen and women, and forms part of the Hyundai A-League’s annual ‘Remembrance Round’.
Wellington Phoenix General Manager, David Dome, says he is proud that the Wellington Phoenix and other Hyundai A-League clubs will once again honour those who have defended their respective countries around the world.
''The Remembrance Round is an important annual event in the A-League that we as a club whole heartedly support,'' said Dome.
''Many New Zealanders and Australians died fighting side by side for our countries so we could the freedoms that we have in our society today, many years later.
''We acknowledge those who currently serve and of course remember all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in their service.
''The League, our clubs, players and fans are united in our appreciation'', concluded Dome.
Each Wellington Phoenix playing kit, which will be embellished with an RSA-approved poppy logo, will be later auctioned off on Trade Me - with all proceeds going to The Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association (RSA NZ).
All matches throughout Remembrance Round will include a full pre-match remembrance ceremony featuring a Bugler, Flag Raising, the Ode, a Guard of Honour and the National Anthem. Fans at AAMI Stadium will be also able to support “The Poppy Appeal” in Australia by making a donation, which will go towards improving services for veterans and their families via specialist services like crisis accommodation and health and wellbeing programs.
More information regarding the Remembrance Round TradeMe auction will be available at www.wellingtonphoenix.com/remembrance-round.
The Wellington Phoenix take on Melbourne Victory at AAMI Stadium in Melbourne, this Sunday 10th November 2019 from 6pm NZT – watch on Sky Sport 7.