Poppy shirt thanks

West Ham United are pleased to announce that more than £16,000 has been raised by fans for the Royal British Legion.

The club auctioned off the 57 shirts produced for the first team for the match against Everton on 8 November as part of the commemoration of Remembrance Sunday. The best-selling shirts belonged to the club's three England internationals.

Carlton Cole - £680
Rob Green - £670
Matthew Upson - £640

All proved popular though with each and every shirt going for a three-figure sum. With payment coming through this week, the club will ship all shirts as soon as possible and would once again like to thank all of those who took part in the auction via eBay, including those who were unsuccessful.

West Ham United manager Gianfranco Zola said: "Thanks to everyone who took part in this auction. It is fantastic that we have raised so much money. It is important to always remember the past and the sacrifices made by others. As a club, we are very proud to show our support."

Russell Thompson, The Royal British Legion's director of national events and fundraising said: "I would like to thank West Ham for their kind support for this year's Poppy Appeal.

"The theme of this year's Appeal has been about helping the Afghan generation of the Armed Forces, their families - now and for the rest of their lives. The money raised from these shirts will go to directly benefit those who have fought and continue to fight for our country."

For more about The Royal British Legion, click here.