For club and country

Support this appeal to help remember the Birmingham FC, who we now know as Birmingham City, players who fought during the First World War.

Did you know?

Terrace anthem 'Keep Right On' was penned by Harry Lauder who was influenced by the reported dying words of his son, Captain John C. Lauder, who, despite having been tragically felled, ordered his troops to 'carry on'.

Featured footballer

James Conlin

James Conlin enjoyed a successful career in both Scotland and England. In 1904 he joined Bradford City and then went onto Manchester City and Birmingham City. In 1906 he became an England international against Scotland. With the outbreak of war he joined the 15th Battalion of the Highland Light Infantry. He served with the battalion in France till his death on 23 June 1917. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Nieuport Memorial to the Missing.

Players who served and died

  • James Conlin
  • Benjamin Hugh
  • William McCourty
  • James Moles
  • Joseph Smith
  • Wally Smith

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

Our ambassador

Sir Trevor Brooking

"During and after the First World War, trees were planted in remembrance, marking the loss of life and the sacrifices made. We feel strongly that we should continue this tradition and create a living and growing legacy as a fitting tribute to football’s involvement that people can visit."

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