For club and country

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

Did you know?

Portsmouth FC representative sides beat Southampton 7-0 and 3-2 on the same day in 1916 in charity games.

Featured footballer

Arthur Knight

One of Portsmouth’s most talented pre-war players was Arthur Knight. In 1912 he helped Great Britain win gold at the Stockholm Olympics. A member of the Territorial Army, he volunteered for overseas service in 1914. He was initially sent with the Hampshire Regiment to India but succeeded in being sent to France. There he was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1916 and served with the Border Regiment. He survived the war and in 1920 played for the full England side against Ireland. In the same year he captained Portsmouth to the Southern League First Division title.

Players who served and died

  • Edward Bell
  • Charles Dexter
  • Alexander Halkett
  • William Kirby

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