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Brunt – Jeff Astle and his family deserve this day

9 April 2015

Midfielder wants three points against Leicester on “Astle Day”

CHRIS Brunt has given his full backing to Astle Day, stating that Jeff’s family deserve the special celebrations.

Albion will pay tribute to ‘The King’ on Saturday against Leicester by wearing a replica of the kit they donned for the 1968 FA Cup Final.

Astle’s goal that day secured a 1-0 win over Everton, ensuring the club’s name would be engraved on the famous trophy for a fifth time.

The Baggies will be looking to get back to winning ways on home soil, where before last Saturday’s defeat to QPR, they had won six of the last seven games in all competitions.

The Northern Ireland international is well aware of Astle’s legendary status at The Hawthorns, and insists the players will be doing all they can to make it a special day.

“Jeff is somebody who everyone at the club knows about,” said the 30-year-old.

“He is an iconic figure – we all see the gates outside every week and we know about the cup final when he scored the winner.

“All the stuff his family have been through, losing him and then all the stuff they’ve done to appeal to the FA, it is nice to see the club are helping them out.

“They have worked long and hard to get this and it is what they fully deserve.

“I am sure that there will be a decent crowd and it will be a special day for the Astle family.

“It is one that everybody will support and get behind and hopefully we can get three points, which would be the icing on the cake.”

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