For club and country

Support this appeal to help remember the Brighton & Hove Albion players who fought during 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 till 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 his 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.

Our ambassador

Sir Trevor Brooking

"In partnership with the Woodland Trust and the National Football Museum, we hope to create a living and digital legacy to remember the sacrifices made by footballers on the frontline and  the home front  war time effort."

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