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11 November 2016

Commemorations ahead of Saturday's match

Pompey will remember the fallen of conflicts past ahead of tomorrow’s match against Mansfield.

And the match will be played with a special ball, commissioned by the EFL, incorporating a poppy in the design.

The Royal British Legion will be collecting before the game, while veterans will line up on the pitch to respect a minute’s silence ahead of kick-off after the Last Post has been sounded.

John Jenkins, as a veteran of the Normandy landings and a club matchday host, will read the Ode to Remembrance.

Falklands veteran Craig Bryden popped into the training ground on Thursday to officially present the ball to manager Paul Cook and midfielder Danny Rose.

Craig sprang to fame in the spring as the ‘Pompey Pirate’, who dealt with his lung cancer by dressing up in costume and led the team out against Plymouth last April.

He was able to give the manager an update on his condition, now his chemotherapy treatment has finished.

Cook said: “This ceremony of remembrance, marking those who have lost their lives in conflict, is a significant thing every year.

“I am very proud to be involved in the club’s and the EFL’s efforts to mark the occasion.”

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