For club and country

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

Did you know?

Sunderland players Charlie Buchan and Bob Young received the Military Medal for their wartime heroics.

Featured footballer

Charlie Buchan

One of Sunderland’s all time greats was Charlie Buchan. A highly talented youngster, he was signed from Leyton for the significant sum of £1200. He was part of the side that narrowly missed out on the double in 1912/13, winning the League but losing the FA Cup final. In 1915 he volunteered for the Grenadier Guards where he won the Military Medal. Surviving the battles of the Somme, Cambrai and Passchendaele, he was training to be an officer when the war ended. Returning to Sunderland he went onto become their all-time leading league goal scorer with over 200 goals.

Players who served and died

  • Alexander Barrie
  • James Chalmers
  • Jack Huggins
  • Alexander McAllister
  • Albert Milton
  • Leigh Richmond Roose
  • Thomas Rowlandson

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.

For club and country