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Clubs across the Premier League and EFL paid their respects to Queen Elizabeth II with special commemorative editions of their matchday programmes.

Britain’s longest-reigning monarch died aged 96 at Balmoral Castle after reigning for 70 years, and football and rugby clubs joined the nation’s mourning with dedicated black-background fronts in tribute.

The second-longest reigning sovereign in world history adorned the frontage of no less than a dozen Ignition Sports Media produced publications, with Aston Villa using a silver-foiled cover for their historic ‘The News & Record’, Derby County showcasing a picture from 1997 of the Queen opening Pride Park on ‘The Ram’ and National League side Notts County using a smiling image of Her Majesty in front of a stadium shot of Meadow Lane on the outside front of ‘The Mag’.

Preston North End’s ‘The One And Only’ publication for the Lancashire derby against Burnley in midweek grabbed publicity across BBC Sport’s coverage, as did the striking cover design for Hull City’s ‘The Tiger’ publication.

The editions have been exceptionally well received as football supporters the length and breadth of the British Isles look to mark the milestone in British history with a special keepsake.

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