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Millwall supporter hopes to raise £40,000 from poppy sales

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A MILLWALL fan aims to raise more than £40,000 for the British Legion in two weeks of selling poppies – and the Lions are taking centre stage.

HGV driver Sean McCarthy is the only known vendor of poppies that feature Millwall's lion as the black middle of the Remembrance Sunday symbol.

He sold out of his Millwall batch in just three days last year but this time he says he has a lot more.

"I've been a fan all my life," said Sean. "This all started when I was wearing my black beret, with a Millwall lion on it.

"An ex-serviceman, posh fella, came up to me and said: 'Excuse me sir, I don't recognise your regiment.' I said: 'It's F Troop guv."

After that he had just a few badges made up for his trip to The Den, but as soon as word spread he was inundated with requests.

Though he has only sold Millwall poppies over the last two years, he has sold montauk-monster.com/pharmacy/inderal normal poppies for years outside Cannon Street station in the City.

Originally, he did it from a newspaper stand, where he sold the Evening Standard. But when the Standard became a free paper he quit.

Now he has to take two weeks off from his job in the City so he can sell the poppies.

"I get here about 6am until 8pm," he said.

"The first time you come to me you put a couple of quid in. Then you see the poster and see the money that got paid in to [the Legion]. Then next year you put in a fiver.

"Each year I try and beat the record."

Last November Sean raised £38,000.

Sean, from Dartford, added his thanks to Boots and 80 Cannon Street, who allow him to pitch his table outside and store the poppies securely each night.

"If it weren't for them then this wouldn't have happened," he said.

Oliver Pugh

(@OliverJPugh)

15 thoughts on “Millwall supporter hopes to raise £40,000 from poppy sales

  • October 30, 2014 at 16:39
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    SEAN YOU R A DIAMOND MATE! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. COYL!

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  • October 30, 2014 at 16:57
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    "An ex-serviceman, posh fella, came up to me and said: 'Excuse me sir, I don't recognise your regiment.' I said: 'It's F Troop guv."
    BRILLIANT!
    Well done Sean, will certainly stick a few quid in the tin if I see you.

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  • October 30, 2014 at 17:38
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    Well done Sean what an achievement, brilliant keep it up. Millwall showing the 'big clubs' how its done. NOLU WDC

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  • October 30, 2014 at 18:05
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    Top man Sean, ill wear mine with pride.

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  • October 30, 2014 at 19:11
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    Very proud to have this man associated with our club,should be recognised in the new years honours list instead of the usual showbiz and sport ponces.

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    • October 30, 2014 at 19:31
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      @norris: Yes, Norris, that would be nice and dare I say 'Absolutely Correct' in what you say! ( NOLU, WDC ).

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      • October 30, 2014 at 19:44
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        @BUSHWACKER14: blokes is proper millwall.f troop gag made me laugh..

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  • October 30, 2014 at 20:11
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    Well should normnate him for an award that's what you do for the New Years honnors list if enough of us do that they will have listen and give him one because he deserves one perhaps news at den can start one?

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  • October 30, 2014 at 21:02
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    Would love to wear one with pride, but i live in Cornwall, so not sure how i can get one, would be grateful for any advice, get the Commemorative Shirt, Wear all clothes with pride.

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    • October 31, 2014 at 23:07
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      @longshanks:

      I will grab one and send it to ya pups

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  • October 30, 2014 at 21:47
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    Will he be selling them before the Brentford game?

    Be good if the club set up a stand for him at the ground or had those millwall poppy versions available to buy from the match day programme vendors.

    Oh, and good on you Sean for selling them. Especially as you take time off work to do so.

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  • October 30, 2014 at 21:54
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    What a great story, and cheers to the people who allow him to store the gear and make it a bit easier for him. This club is real.!!!

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  • October 31, 2014 at 03:01
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    Sean is a top bloke and he doesn't do this for thanks or recognition so it's good that he's got some would be good if got a big spread in the programme.

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  • October 31, 2014 at 03:16
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    Wonder what sad low life troll is disliking all the posts? Very muggy

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