Sunderland AFC have teamed up with the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) to raise funds to help support sailors, marines and their families.

The club have generously donated 20 signed matchday shirts from their local derby against rivals Middlesbrough in November 2017. 

Donated to the RNRMC to mark November’s Remembrance weekend, the shirt worn during the match is the team’s away strip and is grey with a gold trim featuring a special Remembrance Day Poppy Insignia.

Representatives of the RNRMC were in attendance for the reverse fixture against Middlesbrough last Saturday, with Sunderland AFC Kevin Ball making a half-time presentation to Chief Petty Officers Scott Mather and David Burnside, who are both based at HMS Calliope in Newcastle.

Speaking about Sunderland’s generous donation, Fundraising Project Leader at the RNRMC, Laura Burnett, said:

“We’re incredibly grateful to Sunderland AFC for this kind donation. This gesture helps recognise the sacrifice made by those from the north east who have served, or who are serving their country.

“The money raised through the auctioning of these shirts will help us to continue supporting our naval family throughout the fleet.”

Martin Bain, Sunderland AFC CEO, added:

“The club is proud to support the Armed Forces wherever possible, and we hope that the funds raised through this auction will help the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity in their vital work.

“Service in the Armed Forces is part of the fabric of the North East and we were pleased to welcome the charity’s representatives to the Middlesbrough game.”

Shirts included in the charity auction:

Please note, items will be split into 2 rounds of auctions. The first round of auctions will begin on the 26th February 2018. The second round of auctions will begin on the 2nd March 2018. Click individual players name/image to visit auction page.

First round of Signed Shirts auctions - Beginning 26/02/2018

O’Shea (16)

McManaman (13)

McNair (4)

Oviedo (3)

Rodwell (8)

Ruiter (GK 25)

Steele (GK 1)

Vaughan (9)

Williams (7)

Wilson (36)

Second round of Signed Shirts auctions
Beginning 02/03/2018

Galloway (No.15)

Love (22)

Gibson (24)

Honeyman (26)

Jones (2)

Beadling (31)

Gooch (27)

Grabban (11)

McGeady (19)

Matthews (21)

E.Robson (28) - Not signed