For club and country

Support this appeal to help remember the Leyton Orient, who were then known as Clapton Orient, players who fought during the First World War.

Did you know?

The final game of the 1914-15 season saw 10 players change into their 17th Middlesex Regiment uniform to march around the pitch to encourage supporters to volunteer.

Featured footballer

Richard McFadden

Richard McFadden was a prolific goal scorer for Clapton Orient between 1913 and 1915. In December 1914 he and nine other teammates joined the Footballers’ Battalion (17th Middlesex Regiment). McFadden rose to the rank of Sergeant Major and was awarded the Military Medal. He witnessed the death of teammate and friend William Jonas in July 1916. McFadden was later wounded, dying on 23 October 1916.

Players who served and died

  • Alan Haig-Brown
  • James Greechan
  • Norman Holmes
  • William Jonas
  • Richard McFadden
  • George Scott
  • Norman Riddell

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