For club and country

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

Did you know?

Hillsborough Stadium was called Owlerton Stadium until 1914.

Featured footballer

Vivian Simpson

Vivian Simpson made 30 league appearances as an amateur for Sheffield Wednesday between 1901 and 1906. He once scored a hat-trick in a 6-0 win over Manchester United. He also played for Sheffield FC, the world’s oldest football club. He volunteered for the army in 1915, joining the Sheffield City Battalion (12th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment.) He was promoted to the rank of Captain and in 1917 he was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry. Later serving with the 13th Battalion of the York and Lancaster Regiment he was killed in action on 13 April, 1918.

Players who served and died

  • Walter Eaton
  • James Maxwell
  • Vivian Simpson
  • Findlay Weir

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 hope to create a living and digital legacy to remember the sacrifices made by footballers on the frontline and  the home front  war time effort."

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