Leyton Orient Kit

Football Kit Auction To Raise Money For Military Charity

Money raised will also go towards erecting a permanent gravestone for former team captain Colour Sergeant Fred Parker.

Leyton Orient Kit

The auction is hoping to raise money for the Royal British Legion as well as a resting place for a former club captain (Picture: Leyton Orient).

National League side Leyton Orient Football Club is raising money for a military charity by auctioning off their commemorative fourth shirts.

The kit was designed as a nod to the club’s role in World War One during which they were the first English club to sign-up en-masse.

The money raised will go to both the Royal British Legion and towards erecting a permanent gravestone for the resting place of Fred Parker. The ex-Orient captain was the first player to sign up for the Footballer’s Battalion and served as a colour sergeant during the war.

He currently lies in an unmarked grave in New Southgate.

The shirts feature a throwback red chevron and honours the 41 players and staff who enlisted, with three players killed in action.

Their names were Richard McFadden, Willie Jonas and George Scott.

The kits going to the auction were used in a match against Bromley on Saturday including the shirts of the three goalscorers, Jobi McAnuff, Josh Koroma and Macauley Bonne. The starting bid will be £75 and the auction is set to last for one week.

The online auction can be found here.