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Donate to plant 100 trees in memory of the Palace players who fought in 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

Arthur Hooper

Arthur Hooper played professionally for Kidderminster Harriers and Manchester United before joining Palace, spending five years at the latter. Despite scoring on his debut for Manchester United, Hooper found it difficult to cement a permanent place in the team. He was eventually allowed to leave on a free transfer and was snapped up by Palace in the 1914/15 season. He competed 18 times for the Eagles, making this his most successful season in terms of appearances. Hooper left football for the munitions factory before enlisting in the British army under the Derby Scheme in 1915. He had numerous eventful experiences in the war, including enduring influenza, suffering a leg injury and receiving a gunshot wound to the head and miraculously surviving.

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