Linfield FC is delighted to sponsor, endorse and support the Poppy 100 initiative launched by one of this club’s most dedicated and faithful supporters - Bryan Phillips.
Bryan - a former Irish Guard from Newtownabbey, suffered life changing injuries on duty in Afghanistan.
He’s a regular, well known and popular figure, along with his partner Natasha and their children at most Linfield games and his newly launched Poppy 100 initiative was featured recently in an excellent article in the Belfast Telegraph.
November 11, 2018 will mark the 100th aniversary of the Armistice that brought the First World War to an end and to mark this centenary, Bryan’s Poppy 100 initiative will see 100 Poppy wreaths placed on war memorials across Northern Ireland.
Bryan called to the Linfield office in the Railway Stand at Windsor Park today to deliver the Poppy wreath which this club is sponsoring and which this club will lay at the club’s own war memorial in the club office at the club’s Remembrance event in November.
Bryan participated in the service to dedicate the new memorial in November last year and he is pictured below presenting the Poppy wreath which this club is sponsoring in support of his appeal to Linfield chairman Roy McGivern in front of the impressive war memorial which takes pride of place in the Linfield office in the Railway Stand.
More details can be found regarding Bryan’s initiative on his Poppy 100 Facebook page or his own personal Facebook account.
To date, over 50 of the target of 100 poppy wreaths have been sponsored and Linfield FC would encourage supporters clubs and businesses to get in touch with Bryan to support the Linfield season ticket holder in his very worthwhile fundraising campaign.
The South Belfast LSC will be sponsoring one of Bryan’s Poppy wreaths at the Sandy Row war memorial and on behalf of the Linfield Supporters Trust, Lisa and Marcus Henderson of 1st Mid Ulster LSC will lay a sponsored Poppy wreath at the Dungannon war memorial.
The cost to sponsor one of the 100 Poppy wreaths to mark the 100 year anniversary of the signing of the Armisitice to end the First World War is £100.
There is also a just giving link on the Poppy 100 Facebook account for individuals who may wish to make smaller donations in support of this most deserving of causes.
All funds from this initiative will be donated to both the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and the Irish Guards benevolent fund.
A proud Linfield season ticket holder Bryan Phillips was delighted the club was backing his campaign to honour those who served in the World Wars and other conflicts.
“It’s great to have the support of the club I love and follow week in, week out. This is a real boost to me personally and to my campaign to reach my target of 100 Poppy wreaths on 100 war memorials on the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War.
I’m so grateful to Linfield for the support and I’ve been so honoured to have been invited as a guest, as the club has paid tribute to its own players who have served in the World wars and other conflicts. This club respectfully and with dignity honours the men from this club and all the other soldiers who didn’t return from war or who survived the horrors, many with life changing injuries.
It’s great that the South Belfast club and the Supporters Trust are also backing this initiative and I’d be delighted to hear from other Linfield minded people or indeed non Linfield minded people, as this issue is much wider than any football rivalries.
I will be very proud to be here at Windsor Park when this Linfield sponsored Poppy 100 wreath is laid at the Linfield war memorial in November.”
Adding his support to Bryan’s efforts, Linfield chairman Roy McGivern was full of praise for the campaign that he was proud and delighted to lend the club’s support to.
“I am delighted that the club is supporting this very worthwhile cause by laying a wreath on behalf of Bryan at our Linfield War Memorial. Bryan is not only a loyal Linfield supporter but is also a real inspiration to us all. He has battled through some huge challenges in his life and is a credit to his Regiment, his family and to himself.
I know that some of our supporters clubs have already pledged support to Bryan’s fundraising effort on behalf of the Irish Guards Benevolent Fund and I would urge others to get behind what is a tremendous local cause.”