For club and country

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

Did you know?

The ship that had Exeter City players on board who were returning from a tour of South America was fired on twice at the outbreak of the First World War.

Featured footballer

Jack Fort

Full back Jack Fort signed for Exeter City in 1911 and became a key player for them till 1914. In the summer of 1914 he was part of the Exeter City side that toured Brazil. Signed by Millwall in August 1914, he survived his military service to go onto play 250 league games for them. In 1921 he received his only England cap at the age of 33. He worked in various roles with Millwall till within a few days of his death in 1965.

Players who served and died

  • Spencer Basset
  • Joseph Bulcock
  • Arthur Evans
  • William Kirby

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