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Football Teams Will Be Playing In Their Away Kits On Boxing Day, Even If Playing At Home

Daniel Marland

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Football Teams Will Be Playing In Their Away Kits On Boxing Day, Even If Playing At Home

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Teams across the EFL will be wearing their away kits on Boxing Day, even if they're at home for a good cause.

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Boxing Day football is a tradition in England (we won't mention the 1963 results) and has an incredible number of eyes on it.

This year will be unique however, as a number of clubs have pledged to support Shelter’s #NoHomeKit campaign.

274,000 people are currently homeless in England and 126,000 of those are children.

17.5 million people also face uncertain futures due to the housing crisis gripping the country.

The aim is to create an entire day of awareness in a similar vein to Red Nose Day or Christmas Jumper Day.

Away kits are only used if there's a kit clash but Sunday will be different to the norm for 61 teams across the EFL and non-league pyramid.

15 of those are from the EFL and you can check out a full list confirmed so far below:

  • Barnsley
  • Barrow
  • Cardiff City
  • Carlisle United
  • Coventry City
  • Forest Green Rovers
Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA
  • Ipswich Town
  • Leyton Orient
  • Oxford United
  • Preston North End
  • Portsmouth
  • Rochdale
  • Salford City
  • Stoke City
  • Tranmere Rovers

Premier League clubs won't be taking part in the campaign officially, but Brentford, Brighton, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Watford are encouraging fans to take part.

They've asked fans to wear away colours to their games if possible.

An official statement from the league reads: “The Premier League receives a large number of requests from charities every season, however, we aren’t able to support all centrally.

Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA

"Clubs are entitled to support charitable causes, and we encourage clubs to do so, provided it is in compliance with Premier League rules.”

Rugby league outfit Bradford Bulls have also committed to the cause in recent weeks.

The hope is that bringing the entire football community together will help combat homelessness on a country-wide scale.

Topics: Football, EFL Championship

Daniel Marland
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