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.