There will be a number of tributes taking place at the DW Stadium this weekend when Latics face West Bromwich Albion to mark Remembrance Day.
Before the game representatives of the Wigan branch of the Army Cadets will be collecting funds for the Royal British Legion outside the stadium and have been given tickets for the match courtesy of the club who have also donated a number of ticket to the Tickets4Troops initiative as with every home game.
Around 15 minutes before kick-off representatives from the Royal British Legion, Royal Naval Association, Veterans Council, Royal Air Force Association, Air Training Corps, Nationals Servicemen’s Association and the Territorial Army will form a guard of honour for the two teams who will be led out by Chief Petty Officer Mark Bowman and Private Royston Britt.
Once the two teams have lined up in preparation for a minute’s silence a commemorative wreath will be laid inside the centre-circle.
Laying the wreath will be Jon Sanders, brother of Wigan Athletic fan Flight Lieutenant Adam Sanders of RAF Lossiemouth in Moray who tragically lost his life earlier this year whilst serving his country.
Members of his family will also make up the wreath laying party and his son Jake will hand the match ball to referee Neil Swarbrick.
Before the referee signals a minute’s silence an excerpt from Laurence Binyon’s poem ‘For the Fallen’ will be read out.
A special video of members of the Wigan Athletic squad reading the poem is now available on the freeview player on the homepage.
During the match Wigan Athletic’s players will be wearing specially made shirts with a poppy printed on the front to show their respects. Afterwards each shirt will be auctioned off to help raise money for the Royal British Legion. Details of how to bid for the shirts will be published next week.