The televised West London derby between QPR and Brentford on Sky Sports marks the start of all 72 EFL clubs paying tribute to the fallen and commemorating the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.Earlier today, the EFL announced special activity taking place between the 12th and 19th November as part of Remembrance Sunday commemorations and the First World War Centenary, including a minute's silence at all games and an EFL wreath laid on the pitch prior to kick-off to remember and honour all of those that have fallen in battle.
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EFL clubs will start the commemorative activity ahead of that, beginning with tributes taking place at Loftus Road tonight. A number of activities are scheduled in and around the fixture, with the players wearing special Poppy shirts.
The shirts - with the poppy embroidered on the chest - will be auctioned off. All money raised will go towards the Royal British Legion, which helps men and women from the Armed Forces and their families, offering financial, social and emotional support.
In the build-up to kick-off at Loftus Road, a Guard of Honour from the 4th Battalion, Parachute Regiment (4 PARA) - neighbours of QPR, based on South Africa Road, who are the latest regiment to partner with the club as part of a new chapter in the R’s long relationship with the British Army - will be formed.
A 4 PARA officer also walking the match ball out to the centre-circle.
The nominal Roll of the Fallen will be read by a member of the Battalion, before the Last Post is played by a bugler from the Band of the Parachute Regiment. A two minutes’ silence will then follow.
In addition, the club will also unveil a special plaque at Loftus Road prior to kick-off.
The plaque, which will list all of the names of the QPR players who gave their lives in WWI and WWII, will be officially unveiled by CEO Lee Hoos, Club Ambassador Andy Sinton, Club Historian Gordon Macey and the B Company Commander of 4 PARA, with the placing of a wreath underneath the board.
The club’s ‘Hoops’ matchday programme will also pay tribute.
Members of the British Legion will be visible around the ground before the match, as they bid to raise further funds for the Poppy Appeal.
The Legion is the nation's biggest Armed Forces charity, providing care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces, past and present, and their families.
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Uniformed 4 PARA collectors, as well as Royal British Legion and QPR in the Community Trust volunteers will be selling poppies outside the stadium and at the tube stations.
4 PARA personnel will form a guard of honour.
Players will walk out of the tunnel wearing poppy shirts, led out by the match officials and a 4 PARA officer carrying the match ball.
Players will gather on the centre circle for Remembrance activities.
4 PARA officer will read out the names of the fallen players from both teams.
Bugler to play the ‘Last Post’.
We will remember them.