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Donate to plant 100 trees in memory of the Newcastle players who fought in the First World War.

Did you know?

St James’ Park was temporarily requisitioned by the army in 1914 and military matches were played here.

Featured footballer

Thomas Goodwill

Thomas Goodwill was a local player signed from Seaton Delaval for £100 in 1913. In the 1914/15 season he established himself in the first team, playing 41 games and scoring 5 goals. In 1915 he volunteered for the 16th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers (Newcastle Commercials.) He was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, alongside his Newcastle United teammate Dan Dunglinson. Goodwill was 22 years old. He has no known grave is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing.

Players who served and died

  • Donald Bell
  • Thomas Cairns
  • Dan Dunglinson
  • John Findley
  • John Fleming
  • Thomas Goodwill
  • Thomas Hughes
  • Richard McGough
  • Charles Randall
  • Thomas Rowlandson
  • James Stevenson

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’re aiming to plant thousands of trees in commemoration to create living memorials for your footballing heroes in beautiful woodlands for future generations to enjoy."

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