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The return of Retro Shirt Day!

16 November 2016

Retro Shirt Day returns for visit of Pompey

Saturday’s match against Portsmouth will mark the return of Retro Shirt Day at the LCI Rail Stadium.

We’re asking fans from both clubs to roll back the years and squeeze into their favourite retro shirts for the afternoon.

We want supporters to show their colours and parade the good, bad and the ugly of the club’s back catalogue inside the ground.

We’ll have a handful of signed programmes and teamsheets for the best pictures during the afternoon, which you can share on Twitter using the hashtag #chelfie

You can also Tweet us all week to tell us what you will, and won’t be wearing!

On Friday morning we’ll also be adding around 20 shirts, mostly match worn, to our Crowdfunder.

A host of former players have been in touch with us over the past 10 days to support our campaign to raise the funds to put a new digital scoreboard.

Each has sent us a shirt for the cause and we’ve decided to add them as rewards on a first come, first served basis.

John Finnigan, Grant McCann, Mark Yates and Scott Brown have already gone above and beyond, handing over some priceless keepsakes from their playing careers.

First John sold his two winners medals from 2002 and 2006 to the Robins Trust for £1,000, and they’ll be put on permanent display at the ground.

Then Grant laid down the gauntlet, challenging 250 Robins fans to join the Wall of Fame with one winning his 2006 match-worn short and man of the match award from the day (the match ball).

Yesterday Mark handed over his England C shirt and cap from his appearance against Wales in St Albans back in 1999, and it was part of the reward to recruit LCI Rail to the campaign.

Goalkeeper Scott Brown followed, offering his 2006 framed shirt and winner’s medal to the next business to pledge for a private match at the LCI Rail Stadium in the close season. He’s also sent a second.

The following players have got involved with the Crowdfunder and have given a shirt for the cause:

Steve Book, Kayode Odejayi, Sido Jombati, Jermaine McGlashan, Steve Guinan, Shane Higgs, Scott Brown, Lee Howells, Kaid Mohamed (thanks to Pete Clifford), Ashley Vincent (two shirts, courtesy of Pete Clifford), David Hutton (Pete Clifford), Josh Low, Brian Wilson (Oldham Athletic) and Craig Armstrong (Nottingham Forest from the Premier League). 

We also have a Jonjo Shelvey shirt from the Newcastle United game earlier in the season and an Everton shirt, signed by the squad following our FA Cup match in 2013.

Former manager John Ward has also sent us an embroidered shirt from the 2006 Cardiff final win, which he has signed for us (above, pictured right).

We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped us. When we started this campaign we had a vision of everyone working together from local businesses to supporters and former players, and that’s exactly what’s been happening.

On Saturday there will also be a bucket collection for the British Heart Foundation, who last week became the scoreboard’s first charity in memory of our friend and long-serving director Colin Farmer.

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