For club and country

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

Did you know?

Reading player, Walter George Bailey, was awarded the Distinguished Service Order, Military Cross and Two Bars and was 'mentioned in dispatches' for his wartime bravery.

Featured footballer

Allen Foster

Signed from Bristol Rovers for just £75, Allen Foster was a prolific forward with Reading. For four seasons he was the clubs top scorer, including a hat-trick against AC Milian in a tour of Italy in 1913. Foster volunteered to join the Footballers’ Battalion (17th Battalion Middlesex Regiment.) During the Battle of the Somme he was badly wounded at Deville Wood on 8 August 1916. He was taken to a field hospital but died later that day. He left a wife and small baby child.

Players who served and died

  • Albert Butler
  • James Comrie
  • Joseph Dickenson
  • Allen Foster
  • Leonard Hawes
  • Jack Huggins
  • Edward Mitchell
  • Heber Slatter
  • Frederick Wheatcroft

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