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

Did you know?

Ten Stoke players served in the war, while a further 11 who had previously represented the Potters were called into action. Nine made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Featured footballer

Courtesy of the Priory Collection

Leigh Richmond Roose

Leigh Richmond Roose was a charismatic Welsh international goalkeeper. Between 1901 and 1907, he had two spells at Stoke, keeping many clean sheets. Roose volunteered and served as a medic in Gallipoli, Turkey, and as a soldier in France. In 1916, he was awarded the Military Medal at the Battle of the Somme. Roose was killed soon after, but his body was never recovered. He is one of more than 72,000 soldiers listed on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing. (Image Courtesy of the Priory Collection).

Players who served and died

  • Fred Hargrave
  • Henry Hargreaves
  • Richard Herron
  • Tom Kinson
  • George Limer
  • Bill Nixon
  • Stan Ripley
  • Leigh Richmond Roose
  • Jack Shorthouse

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’re aiming to plant thousands of trees in commemoration to create living memorials for your footballing heroes in beautiful woodlands for future generations to enjoy."

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.

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