For club and country

Support this appeal to help remember the Blackpool players who fought during the First World War.

Did you know?

A large number of army personnel were based in Blackpool and played for Blackpool during wartime competitions.

Featured footballer

Arthur Whalley

Arthur Whalley played for Blackpool in 1908 before he was purchased by Manchester United for £50. Whalley was part of the Second Footballers’ Battalion (23rd Battalion the Middlesex Regiment). Promoted to Sergeant, Whalley was wounded in the latter stages of the war but returned to play for Manchester United. He continued to play until 1926.

Players who served and died

  • George Elmore
  • Arthur Evans
  • William Fiske
  • Benjamin Green

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

Our ambassador

Sir Trevor Brooking

"In partnership with the Woodland Trust and the National Football Museum, we're aiming to plant thousands of trees in commemoration to create living memorials for your footballing heroes in beautiful woodlands for future generations to enjoy."

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