For club and country

Support this appeal to help remember the Leeds, known as Leeds City at the time, players who fought during the First World War.

Did you know?

Elland Road was used during the First World War for army drilling and shooting practice.

Featured footballer

Jimmy Speirs

Jimmy Speirs was a famous player in West Yorkshire, having captained Bradford City when the won the FA Cup in 1911. He joined Leeds City for £1,400 in 1912. In 1915 he volunteered for the army, despite having a wife and two young children. Serving with the 7th Battalion Cameron Highlanders, he was awarded the Military Medal and promoted to Sergeant. In August 1917 he was reported missing in action. It wasn’t until October 1919 that his body was found and buried at Dochy Farm Cemetery in Belgium.

Players who served and died

  • Frederik Hargrave
  • John Harkins
  • Gerald Kirk
  • Evelyn Lintott
  • Thomas Morris
  • David Murray
  • James Speirs

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