WOUNDED soldiers at an army rehab centre have thanked Millwall for their fundraising efforts after the club launched a commemorative World War One kit.
1,500 of the special camouflage shirts flew off the shelves when they went on sale last week, with all proceeds – around £20,000 – set to be donated to Headley Court in Surrey.
Injured troops starred in a promotional video with four Lions players to promote the strip, which received national media coverage following its launch.
The kit will be worn against Brentford on November 8 – on the eve of Remembrance Sunday – when patients from Headley Court will be special guests at The Den.
Captain Gary Wallace, who featured in the YouTube clip, has expressed his gratitude to the Lions for their support.
He said: "The patients and the staff of Headley Court are privileged to have been asked to participate in Millwall's historical and innovative fundraising project.
"We are extremely thankful to Ian Holloway, the players and the staff of Millwall for their kind support of our patients and we look forward to watching the match against Brentford.
"We hope that Millwall get the right result."
The kit launch has been a huge hit with Lions fans, who flocked in their thousands to pre-order a shirt – with many left disappointed as they sold out in less than a day.
Millwall's support of the army has been particularly well-received by Kieran Moss, a Lions supporter who has recently returned from a tour of Afghanistan.
He said: "When I found out that Millwall would be wearing a camouflage kit to raise money for Headley Court, I couldn't believe it.
"Being a soldier myself, this is something that is very important to me and close to my heart. The video that was released was a nice touch.
"A lot of my mates in the army have said ‘fair play’ to Millwall for doing this and that other clubs should follow suit.
"I for one will be wearing my kit with pride and I would like to thank my older brother Ben for rushing down to The Den to pre-order it for me!"
Manager Ian Holloway revealed he was close to tears as he read war poem In Flanders Fields to accompany the YouTube video.
He said: "I'm so proud of the club and I thank our soldiers with every bone in my body for what they do for us.
"My players have been inspired by the men and women at Headley Court, who go to work and risk their lives for us.
"When we all buy poppies for Remembrance Day, each of those represents someone who wasn't old enough to die."
Simon Hughes, MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, added: "It makes many people in south London very proud to see Millwall so visibly recognise the 100th anniversary of the First World War.
"Many people from our part of London gave their lives and a great many of those would have been Millwall fans and regulars at The Den.
"There have been few more inspired ideas for a tribute than the special commemorative shirts which the team will wear.
"The match next month will be a great date for the Millwall history books."