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Astle Day is a sell out!

8 April 2015

Sold-out Hawthorns for Saturday's Foxes encounter

ASTLE Day fever has captured the imagination with The Hawthorns guaranteed a sell-out crowd for Albion's Barclays Premier League clash against Leicester (3pm ko).

The final remaining tickets were snapped up by Albion supporters this morning, meaning a full house will be in attendance for what promises to be a memorable occasion.

Saturday's fixture will pay a lasting tribute to club legend Jeff Astle, with Albion donning a replica of the famous white 1968 Wembley strip in which their never-to-be-forgotten centre forward enjoyed his most iconic moment.

The Jeff Astle Foundation will also be launched by his family, which will promote care of other sufferers and research and education into CTE (Chronic traumatic encephalopathy). Jeff passed away from the disease in 2002 at the age of just 59.

Chairman Jeremy Peace has already welcomed the "extraordinary response" from Albion fans as he looked ahead to what will be a special day.

In a statement that will be published in Saturday's bumper 148-page Albion News, Peace said: "Astle Day has clearly struck a chord with supporters from all corners of our fan base and generated an extraordinary response. 

"But then Jeff Astle was an extraordinary figure at The Hawthorns." 

As well as being strong in numbers, Albion fans are sure to be in sound voice as they back Tony Pulis' men in an important home clash.

The Baggies are striving to take another step towards top-flight safety and duly put as many points on the board as possible between now and the end of the season.

Everyone at the club would like to thank Albion fans for their tremendous support.

Come On You Baggies!

#AstleDay

*The chairman's full statement can be found in Saturday's Albion News. Full details about our biggest-ever matchday magazine will be revealed later this week.

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