Leicester Mercury

FA Cup captains to use special coin for final toss-up

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THE captains of Leicester City and Chelsea will use a very special coin for the toss-up at Saturday’s FA Cup final.

This year, the Royal British Legion is celebratin­g its centenary and has produced The Westminste­r Collection, a special collection of coins to mark the occasion.

The Football Associatio­n has chosen to use a full colour poppy 50p coin from the collection for the toss-up before kick-off at 5.15pm.

The RBL centenary 50p coin bears the image of the Queen on one side and the dates of the centenary and a two-petal poppy on the other.

A Royal British Legion spokesman said: “2021 is a very important year for the RBL. On May 15, the day of the Emirates FA Cup final, we celebrate our 100th birthday and, more importantl­y, 100 years of support to those who have served with Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.

“The Westminste­r Collection has produced a beautiful full-colour

Poppy Coin to mark our centenary.

“We are grateful to the FA, as this bespoke commemorat­ive coin from the RBL will be used for the coin toss at this year’s FA Cup final between Chelsea and Leicester City, to recognise both our support and the service of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces over the past century.

“The RBL all began in May 1921, in the aftermath of the First World War.

Four national organisati­ons of ex-servicemen came together to give a unified voice to those facing the bleak reality of Britain after that harrowing and deadly conflict.”

Brendan Rodgers’ men are trying to make their own history by winning the FA Cup for the first time.

The winner of the toss-up get to decide which goal to attack in the first half.

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