For club and country

Support this appeal to help remember the Croydon Common, who were then known as Croyden Common, players who fought during the First World War.

Did you know?

Croydon Common player, Percy Barnfather, was an officer in the Football Battalion and was awarded the Military Cross for his heroics in the First World War.

Featured footballer

Frank Hesham

Frank Hesham was an outside right from Gorton, Manchester. After spells with Accrington Stanley, Stoke, Leyton Orient, Oldham Athletic and Preston North End, Hesham joined Croydon Common in 1909. In 1913/14 he scored 27 goals as Croydon won the Second Division of the Southern League. In 1914 he enlisted in the Royal Garrison Artillery, having previously served in the 4th Volunteer Battalion Manchester Regiment. On 17 November 1915 Hesham was killed in action in France. He left a widow and a 14 year old son.

Players who served and died

  • Thomas Ellison
  • Frank Hesham
  • William Kirby
  • Norman Wood

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