For club and country

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

Did you know?

Watford’s kit from 1914 of black and white stripes was reintroduced as an away kit in 2014 to commemorate Watford players who served their country and to raise money for The Royal British Legion.

Featured footballer

Joseph McLauchlan

Joseph McLauchlan was one of the original 35 volunteers for the Footballers’ Battalion (17th Battalion Middlesex Regiment. A centre-forward with Woolwich Arsenal and Watford, McLauchlan served with the Footballers’ Battalion at the Battle of the Somme in 1916. He suffered severe shrapnel wounds to his legs.

Players who served and died

  • George Badenoch
  • Jimmy Chalmers
  • Albert Farrow

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