Sir Bobby Charlton portrait

Manchester United and England football legend, Sir Bobby Charlton CBE, joins project Ambassador, Sir Trevor Brooking CBE, to become a supporter and Club Champion for Manchester United as part of the Trust’s ‘For Club and Country’ project, run in partnership with the National Football Museum’s.

The project sees First World War footballers remembered through planting trees in the UK as a living legacy.

Sir Bobby said:

“I’m incredibly proud of Manchester United’s First World War history. Young brave footballers such as Sandy Turnbull, staff and supporters from the club made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us today. Together with the National Football Museum and Woodland Trust we will commemorate this great club’s involvement in the First World War. Please get involved to keep the legacy of these heroes alive, and your name will appear alongside mine on the supporter’s roll of honour.”

The project’s first Club Champions are:

Sir Bobby Charlton: Manchester United Club Director and National Football Museum President. World Cup, European Cup, FA Cup and Ballon d'Or winner

John McGovern: Nottingham Forest double European Cup winning captain and Club Ambassador

Ian Taylor: Aston Villa, League Cup winner and Club Ambassador

Dr John Dean: Bradford Park Avenue Chairman home of FWW hero Donald Simpson Bell VC

Clive Anderson: Arsenal, ardent Gunner and Woodland Trust President.

Sir Tom Courtenay: Hull City, President of the Hull supporters’ club and award winning Actor

Almost every team in the league today sent players to the front between 1914 and 1918 and many never returned. Those that did were never the same again.

Every team and supporter in the English football league is being offered the chance to donate to help ensure their club is commemorated in our remembrance groves at the Woodland Trust’s First World War Centenary Wood, at Langley Vale in Epsom. Everyone who does will become part of our supporter roll of honour, which will form a lasting tribute both on and as a showcase at the museum.

This is the fans’ chance to pay tribute to their team’s players that were involved in the First World War and to ensure that the contribution these players gave 100 years ago is never forgotten.

National Football Museum Vice President Sir Trevor said:

“The Woodland Trust and the National Football Museum’s For Club and Country project is the perfect way to commemorate football’s important role in the First World War. By planting groves of trees for every club whose players bravely fought for their country we are creating something beautiful and long lasting for future generations.

“Every football supporter has the chance to learn more about football in the FWW, and get involved to make sure their club is remembered in the football groves at Langley Vale Wood. Make sure your team is represented and see your own name listed on the supporters’ roll of honour. Thanks for your support.”