For club and country

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

Did you know?

Old Trafford hosted its only FA Cup final in 1915 as the regular venue for cup finals at the time, Crystal Palace, had become a war service depot.

Featured footballer

Alexander Turnbull

Alexander ‘Sandy’ Turnbull was prolific forward with both Manchester City and Manchester United. He helped City win the 1904 FA Cup before a bribery scandal engulfed the club. A number of players were sold as a result with Turnbull joining Manchester United, wining a further FA Cup and First Division title.

In 1915, he was given a life ban for his part in match fixing. By then, he had joined the 23rd Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment (2nd Football). He was transferred to the 8th Battalion of the East Surrey Regiment and served with them till his death during the Battle of Arras in 1917. With no known grave, he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial to the Missing. His life ban was removed at the end of the war in honour of his service.

Players who served and died

  • Arthur Beadsworth
  • Bernard Donaghey
  • Hugh Kerr
  • Oscar Linkson
  • Alexander Turnbull

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

Club champion

Sir Bobby Charlton

"I’m incredibly proud of Manchester United’s First World War history. Young brave footballers such as Sandy Turnbull, staff and supporters from the club made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us today. Together with the National Football Museum and Woodland Trust, we will commemorate this great club’s involvement in the First World War. Please get involved to keep the legacy of these heroes alive, and your name will appear alongside mine on the supporter’s roll of honour."

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