For club and country

Donate to plant 100 trees in memory of the Villa players who fought in the First World War.

Did you know?

In 1916, two allied trenches were called Aston Trench and Villa trench during the Battle of the Somme.

Featured footballer

Henry Dobson

Henry Dobson signed in 1912 from Chesterton Foresters. Mainly a reserve, he played six first team games. Offering to serve under the Lord Derby Scheme in 1915, he was called up in 1917. Dobson served with the 1st Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment. During the 1918 German spring offensive, he was wounded and died on 29 March.

Players who served and died

Villa's current stars remember the club's players who made the ultimate sacrifice:

Find out more about this club at Football and the First World War.

Club champion

Ian Taylor

"We are remembering our players and supporters 100 years ago who had to give up the game, leave their friends and families to battle in the First World War. Join me by signing up to the supporters roll of honour and planting a tree to commemorate Aston Villa’s war heroes."

Not your club? Check out our list of football clubs involved in the First World War or donate to the National Football Museum's appeal.

For club and country