United to pay tribute to frontline heroes at Everton game

Friday 06 August 2021 13:00

Manchester United will pay tribute to frontline workers from the Greater Manchester community and beyond at the pre-season match on Saturday to thank them for their service in the ongoing battle against the pandemic.

Both the United and Everton teams will gather round the centre circle prior to kick-off to join fans in a minute’s applause in recognition of the NHS, the emergency services and all frontline workers and volunteers who have served local communities across the country with dedication over the last 18 months.

This builds on the distribution of over 10,000 tickets across this match and United’s friendly match against Brentford last week to NHS staff, the Armed Forces, blue light services and other local community workers to thank them for their service.

Old Trafford lit up in tribute in April 2020.

A delegation of frontline heroes will also be hosted in the Directors’ Box by the club, allowing officials from United and Everton to offer their personal appreciation to those involved.

Collette Roche, Chief Operating Officer, said: “Over the past 18 months, the nation has rallied round to tackle the pandemic which has had such an impact on us all. As a club we produced 60,000 meals for NHS staff in local hospitals, made donations of food, PPE and gifts to frontline staff and hosted vaccination training at Old Trafford. All of this, however, pales in comparison to the sacrifices made by staff across the NHS and other frontline sectors.

“The recognition activities planned for Saturday’s game will offer us and our fans an opportunity to once again say ‘thank you’ for everything that those frontline heroes have done to protect us against COVID-19.”