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

Did you know?

Roots Hall was designated a storage area whilst its fittings were sold off to aid the war effort.

Featured footballer

Spencer Bassett

Spencer Bassett joined Southend United in 1914 after playing for Woolwich Arsenal, Exeter City and Swansea City. On 10 December 1915 he volunteered and joined the Royal Garrison Artillery. He served in France and in April 1917 was wounded by enemy shell fire. He died of his wounds and is buried in Pozieres British Cemetery. He was 32 years old.

Players who served and died

  • Edward Anderson
  • Spencer Basset
  • William Kennedy
  • Henry Owen
  • William Sutherland
  • Jack Toswill
  • Arthur Wileman
  • Archibald Wilson

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