For club and country

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

Did you know?

Edward Bell, who had played for Southampton, became Captain of the Football Battalion and received a Military Medal and Bar for wartime heroics.

Featured footballer

Wilfred Toman

Wilfred Toman was a successful striker until a broken leg badly disrupted his career. He played with Burnley, Everton, Southampton and Stockport County between 1896 and 1905. Toman joined the 2/10th (Scottish) Battalion of The King’s Liverpool Regiment and served with them in France. Whilst in the trenches he was hit by enemy shell-fire and died shortly afterwards on 2 May 1917.

Players who served and died

  • Harold Bamford
  • Edward Bell
  • Cecil Christmas
  • Frederick Costello
  • William Crabb
  • Harrison Eke
  • Walter Fairgrieve
  • William George
  • William Grey
  • Wilfred Toman
  • Frederick Wheeler

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