Sunday 5 July marked the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the National Health Service and the Premier League and its clubs united with sport in the UK to thank NHS staff, key workers and the countless others helping to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
All the Premier League's weekend matches were preceded by a moment of applause led by players and match officials to show appreciation for the key workers and members of the public who have helped others during the crisis.
Clubs and the Premier League also expressed their gratitude in a variety of ways.
Tottenham Hotspur lit up their new stadium in blue in tribute to the NHS.
The stadium joined landmarks such as the Royal Albert Hall, Blackpool Tower, Wembley Stadium, the National Gallery and Balmoral Hotel in paying tribute to NHS staff and all key workers.
Since April, the Tottenham Hotspur stadium has been used to help North Middlesex University Hospital in its fight against COVID-19, including drive-through COVID-19 testing and swabbing in the car park, and housing the hospital's women's outpatient services to redirect pregnant women away from the hospital during the pandemic.
The Spurs first-team players also recorded messages in support.
On today’s #NHSBirthday, we give thanks to everyone, from truck drivers and cleaners to doctors and shelf stackers, all of the key workers who have kept us going in challenging times.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 5, 2020
Share your personal thanks at 5pm, say #ThankYouTogether 💙 pic.twitter.com/bmKY52ElCf
🥳 Today we say happy birthday to the NHS, and thank them for their incredible work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic!— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 5, 2020
Share your personal thanks at 5pm and say #ThankYouTogether 👏 pic.twitter.com/ksXCxyVxDQ
Leicester City will join its community of @PremierLeague clubs in commemorating 72 years of the National Health Service tomorrow 💙— Leicester City (@LCFC) July 4, 2020
Today we say happy birthday to the NHS, and alongside the rest of the Premier League thank them for their extraordinary work during the global pandemic. 💙👏 pic.twitter.com/VNJeJfSVXL— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 5, 2020
Happy birthday, @NHSuk ❤️💙— Liverpool FC (Premier League Champions 🏆) (@LFC) July 5, 2020
A massive thank you to all those, past and present, who have supported and cared for others with incredible bravery and selflessness.
The real heroes 👏 #ThankYouTogether pic.twitter.com/RZrgvnmEJ4
💙 The #NHSBirthday is about thanking everyone, from truck drivers and cleaners to doctors and shelf stackers, all of the key workers who have kept us going in challenging times.— Brighton & Hove Albion (at 🏡) (@OfficialBHAFC) July 5, 2020
We all say #ThankYouTogether to @NHSuk. 👏 #BHAFC 🔵⚪️ pic.twitter.com/JpJ7SflQwV
👏 l Thank you to each and every incredible frontline worker for keeping us going through these challenging times!— Everton (@Everton) July 5, 2020
Heroes. Every single one of you. 💙#WeAreOneTeam #ThankYouTogether pic.twitter.com/4EErSBMTtO
Watford were one of the first clubs to open their facilities to the NHS to use and showcased how they had helped the Watford General Hospital next door to their Vicarage Road stadium.
To mark the #NHSBirthday, we say a massive thank you to everyone who has helped, supported others and made a difference in their community during these unprecedented times. 👏#ThankYouTogether #AVFC pic.twitter.com/jvTQxzZr0Z— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) July 5, 2020