The 2012 Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal has been launched in Newcastle today with a flash-mob and a poppy drop from Grey's Monument in the city.
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Middlesbrough's survival hopes were seriously dented after slipping to a 1 nil defeat at the hands of relegation rivals Crystal Palace.
The 2-0 defeat - their sixth in 11 league matches - for bottom side Sunderland saw them slip four points from safety .
Ciaran Clark's 82nd-minute header earned a huge point in the race for promotion after the Robins had gone in at half-time with a shock lead