For club and country

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

Did you know?

When the First World War broke out, soldiers were drilled on the pitch of the Goldstone Ground and practiced their marksmanship by firing at crows.

Featured footballer

Robert Whiting

Robert Whiting played for West Ham United and Chelsea before joining Brighton and Hove Albion in 1908. He played 320 games, a record not broken by a Brighton keeper until the 1970s. Famous for his powerful goal kicks, he was nicknamed “Pom Pom” after a British artillery gun. Although a married man with children, he volunteered for the Footballers’ Battalion (17th Battalion Middlesex Regiment) on 31 January 1915. Whiting was killed by enemy shellfire during the Battle of Arras on 28 April 1917. His original grave was destroyed by enemy shellfire and he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial to the missing.

Players who served and died

  • Japer Batey
  • Robert Craig
  • Charles Dexter
  • Julius Gregory
  • Alan Haig Brown
  • Arthur Hulme
  • Clement Matthews
  • Thomas Morris
  • Robert Whiting

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

Club Champion

Alan Mullery

"Join me to remember Brighton and Hove’s First World War heroes who, 100 years ago, sacrificed their lives for our country. The club is proud to support For Club and Country and I will be honoured to front this commemoration campaign on behalf of our club."

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