Saturday’s game will be our opportunity to pay our respects to members of the armed forces who have lost their lives in the line of duty, and our centre circle poppy will be laid on the pitch from the gates being open.
It will be removed ahead of Kick Off by the Man City Veterans team who, on Saturday, are doing a 23-mile tab from the site of Bert Trautmann’s Prisoner of War camp in Ashton-in-Makerfield to the Etihad stadium.
The team are raising funds in aid of Moving Forces, City in the Community and the Royal British Legion, and City Square will also host a bucket collection and separate wreath laying ceremony in the memorial garden with club ambassadors before the match.
We will provide you with live updates from their march, and when they arrive at the Etihad.
Laying our wreath pitch side will be City legend Mike Summerbee and Ian Niven who, as well as being a director of the club, is also a war hero who served in the 77th Chindits during World War II.
We will be speaking to both in the build-up to the game in what will be a poignant year for Ian, with this year marking the 75th anniversary of Operation Thursday, the second Chindit exhibition in Burma.
Furthermore, The Archdeacon of Salford will also read the ‘Ode of Remembrance’ before another City fan, Bugle Major Freeland, 5th Battalion the Rifles will play ‘The Last Post’.
As well as our remembrance tributes, former City players Jeff Whitely and Tony Vaughan, who were both part of Joe Royle’s Play-Off final winners in 1999, will be discussing all the weekly talking points ahead of the game.
We will also be talking to our elected group of fan representatives that make up our new City Matters network.
The group represents our new fan network, made up of ten voluntary members, and they will be giving an update on how the programme is working and how other supporters can get involved.