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Fletcher: Do it for Jeff; Skipper looks for inspiration from Astle Day.

Byline: Bill Howell Our man with Albion

Fletcher: Do it for Jeff Bill Howell Our man with Albion seen them slide back onto the fringes of the relegation mire.

" e stadium is sold out, it's going to be a fantastic occasion celebrating Je Astle, who's a legend here at West Brom," said the skipper.

DARREN Fletcher says Albion must draw inspiration from an electrically charged Hawthorns on Astle Day tomorrow and not sink into their shells.

"It's going to be a great day in that respect but we've got a job to do.

Astle Day is sold out for the game against Leicester where Tony Pulis' side will attempt to get back on track after two heavy defeats have "And with that crowd TURN. TO PAGE 59 DARREN Fletcher says Albion must draw inspiration from an electrically charged Hawthorns on Astle Day tomorrow and not sink into their shells.

Astle Day is sold out for the game against Leicester where Tony Pulis' side will attempt to get back on track after two heavy defeats have seen them slide back onto the fringes of the relegation mire.

" e stadium is sold out, it's going to be a fantastic occasion celebrating Je Astle, who's a legend here at West Brom," said the skipper.

"It's going to be a great day in that respect but we've got a job to do.

"And with that crowd TURN. TO PAGE 59 FROM. BACK PAGE behind us and the atmosphere they create, those little extra incentives will be important to help us in the match.

"We've got to draw inspiration from that and not be daunted by it and see it as pressure or anything like that. I think you've got to use it as the opposite and really try to feed off that atmosphere that's going to be created."

Fans in the Birmingham Road will be holding up 6,000 cards in the Birmingham Road End to spell out a simple message.

Fletcher says the Astle Foundation, aiming to improve research and support to footballers and sportsmen with brain injuries, is a subject which has hit a nerve.

"When you're involved in it, you speak to different people," he said.

"Meeting his family, that was the important one really, seeing how much it means to them, the Jeff Astle Foundation, and seeing how emotional they are, it brings you into it.

"It's going to be a great occasion.

"I was part of one at Manchester United, celebrating that famous old team. It's going to be in similar circumstances and I think it will be fantastic.

"All the crowd have bought into it and the stadium is sold out, which is fantastic news. Hopefully it'll be a great day."

Fletcher says he is looking forward to wearing the 1968 FA Cup winning kit.

"It will be a great reminder for all those fans who remember it, it's a famous shirt at the club," he said.

"As a player it'll be our great honour to wear the shirt those great players wore on that day, Jeff Astle himself."

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