England and Scotland teams both risked punishment from FIFA for wearing black armbands bearing a red poppy.
Fifa do not allow “political statements” on shirts.
Last night, in a sport unfettered by such restrictions, Steelers players wore a kit with a poppy specially designed into it, as a mark of respect for the fallen men and women in the armed services.
And 8,137 fans joined in the tribute with a minute’s silence at Sheffield Arena.
“As you can see there is no stupid rule in our league stopping us wearing a poppy” Smith said in his match-night programme notes. “It represented the millions who died in Flanders during the 1914-8 war. It was the only flower to grow on the barren battlefields where the worst of the fighting was. It is a celebration and a tradition which we should all respect.” The club also auctioned off the shirts to make a donation to the Remembrance charity.
All the coaching staff also wore poppies.
*Steelers went on to hammer their nearest rivals 8-1, in a memorable night at the House of Steel.