For club and country

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

Did you know?

Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace’s ground in 1915, was then taken over by the Army in the First World War.

Featured footballer

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

  • Edward Bell
  • Donald Bell
  • Joseph Bulcock
  • Harold Hanger
  • James Williams
  • Norman Wood
  • Ernest York

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

Our ambassador

Sir Trevor Brooking

"During and after the First World War, trees were planted in remembrance, marking the loss of life and the sacrifices made. We feel strongly that we should continue this tradition and create a living and growing legacy as a fitting tribute to football’s involvement that people can visit."

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