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

Donald Bell

Donald Bell was the only English professional footballer to be awarded the Victoria Cross in World War One. A schoolteacher, Bell played as an amateur with Crystal Palace and Newcastle United before supplementing his income by turning professional with Bradford Park Avenue. He volunteered in 1914 and became an officer with the 9th Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment. On 5 July 1916, he destroyed an enemy machine gun position, for which he was recommended for the VC. He was killed two days later performing a similar act. His medal was presented to his widow by King George V.

Players who served and died

  • Jimmy Smith
  • Donald Bell

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

Club champion

Dr John Dean

"As Chairman of Bradford Park Avenue, I am incredibly proud to give my support for such a worthwhile, long lasting and beautiful project to remember those footballers that gave so much in the First World War. Players such our own Donald Simpson Bell VC showed the true meaning of commitment when they gave their lives to save others of which we are all eternally grateful. Show your commitment to their memory and donate now to create an eternal legacy to our 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.

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