Hearts midfielder Michael Stewart launched the Clydesdale Bank Premier League's Poppy Day Fixtures, as the top flight in Scotland marks Remembrance Weekend as one for the first time.

To symbolise the importance of the event, Hearts embroidered not only a Poppy on the player's shirts, but the name of seven players who gave their lives for the name of the country's freedom.

Every club will join Hearts in wearing a poppy, the world-recognised symbol of remembrance, to show their support for the 2008 Scottish Poppy Appeal. The poppy appeal organisers wrote to the 12 clubs asking them to wear the one-off kit - and all agreed.

Some clubs will have a small red poppy woven in to team shirts on the day. Others will make their own tribute with players sporting a stick-on poppy.

Referees, their assistants and fourth officials will also join in the tribute by wearing a poppy on their outfits.

The jerseys will be worn in SPL matches to be played over the weekend of November 8-9. Remembrance Sunday falls on November 9 this year.

Last year, Hearts wore a special strip when they played a Remembrance Day match against Aberdeen at Tynecastle.The decision was taken to honour the players of the legendary Hearts squad of season 1914-15, who died in World War I.

The club's entire first team squad had enlisted with the 16th Royal Scots, a battalion known as McCrae's Own.

Seven died in service. The strip worn by the Hearts players in 2007 had the names of the dead - John Allan, James Boyd, Duncan Currie, Ernest Ellis, Thomas Gracie, James Speedie and Harry Wattie - embroidered into the sleeve. The jersey also had a poppy on the chest.



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  1. fsc

A fitting tribute

  1. fsc

this ruins football kits

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