For club and country

Support this appeal to help remember the Millwall, then known as Millwall Athletic, players who fought during the First World War.

Did you know?

A recruitment poster for the First World War stated, 'Men of Millwall, Hundreds of Football Enthusiasts are joining the Army daily. Don’t be left behind. Let the Enemy hear, "The Lion’s Roar."'

Featured footballer

John Williams

John Williams was a prolific forward with Birmingham City, Crystal Palace and Millwall. A Welsh international, he joined Millwall in 1914 and scored 12 goals in 59 appearances. He volunteered to join the Footballers’ Battalion (17th Battalion Middlesex regiment.) and served in France. He was killed by enemy shelling on 5 June, 1916. He left behind a wife and child who was less than one year old. A fund was set up to care for them and Crystal Palace and Millwall played a fund-raising match in 1917. His body was never found and he is remembered on the Arras Memorial to the Missing.

Players who served and died

  • David Glenn
  • Frederick Griffiths
  • George King
  • George Porter
  • Arthur Wileman
  • John Williams

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