Stoke City are planning a new way to pay tribute to supporters, players and coaches who have died in the last 12 months.
The club has long been applauded for the poignant way it marks those with a connection to the club who have been lost over the previous year, with a match set aside around late December or early January for film to be shown before kick-off and at half-time at the bet365.
The plan will go ahead this season too despite games going behind closed doors, while the club will also use social media and the match programme.
They explain in a statement: “The club will celebrate the lives of those who are sadly no longer with us in the traditional way prior to the Championship fixture when Bournemouth visit the bet365 Stadium on January 2, 2021.
“Although there will no supporters in the stadium to witness the memorial event, the club feels it is only right to remember those we have lost this year.”
Former Stoke players Chris Barker, Harry Gregg, Stan Bevans, Peter Hampton and Peter Ford, ex-manager Richie Barker, groundsman Len Galley and programme seller David Allcock have all passed away in the last 12 months.
Any supporter wishing to include someone in the memorial tribute should send a photograph along with name and years of life (i.e. 1950-2019) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All entries for the big screen must be received by 5pm on December 31, 2020.