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

Did you know?

Walter Tull was ‘mentioned in dispatches’ for ‘gallantry and coolness’ for leading 26 men on a night raid.

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Walter Tull

Walter Tull was an influential figure in his time. He was the first black outfield player in the top-flight and joined Northampton from Tottenham in 1911. Tull became a key player in Herbert Chapman’s team making over 100 appearances as a half back.

He signed up to the Footballers Battalion in 1914 and was promoted to Sergeant in 1915. Tull served on the Western and Italian fronts during the war, becoming the first black officer to lead white troops into battle. In 1918, Tull was hit by machine gun fire and killed. His body was never found and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. .

Players who served and died

  • George Badenoch
  • Harry Hanger
  • Fred Lessons
  • Harold Redhead
  • Harold Springthorpe
  • Walter Tull
  • Arthur Vann
  • Bernard Vann

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

Our ambassador

Sir Trevor Brooking

"During and after the First World War, trees were planted in remembrance, marking the loss of life and the sacrifices made. We feel strongly that we should continue this tradition and create a living and growing legacy as a fitting tribute to football’s involvement that people can visit."

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