Leon Best

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Almost £8,000 was raised for the Royal British Legion after the entire Newcastle United team's shirts from the home win over Everton were auctioned off.

The players proudly wore poppies that day in November in order to salute fallen heroes, and won 2-1 thanks to Ryan Taylor's screamer and a John Heitinga own-goal.

And the shirts were signed and auctioned off on eBay this month - raising a total of £7,778.23.

Leading scorer Demba Ba's shirt went for £1,600. 

Rachel Jobson, community fundraiser for the Royal British Legion in the North East, said: "The Poppy Appeal in the North East enjoys a great partnership with Newcastle United who allow our volunteers to collect for the appeal each year. We would like to say a big thank you to Newcastle United for donating these special shirts which the players have kindly signed.

"Money raised from the auction will go directly to the Poppy Appeal which is all about standing shoulder to shoulder with our brave armed forces."