First World War recruitment poster for footballers

The National Football Museum is joining with us to tell the forgotten stories of players and fans during the conflict.

In 2015, it created The Greater Game exhibition: Football and The First World War to tell people how footballers swapped touchlines for trenches to fight for their country. The sheer scale of sacrifice is unimaginable in today’s world.

The Greater Game explored the continuation of football at home, the controversy of the 1914/15 season, the role football played at home and at the front during the war years, the rise of the women's game during the war years, the myths and reality of famous stories from the conflict. From the FA Cup winner killed just days before the end of war to the soldier injured in battle that fought back to be England captain.

In partnership with the Woodland Trust, The National Football Museum hopes to take The Greater Game to the mass football audience and create a living and digital legacy to remember the sacrifices made by footballers on the frontline and the home front  war time effort.

During and after the conflict, trees were planted in remembrance, marking the loss of life and the sacrifices made. This is why the National Football Museum feels strongly that it should continue this tradition and create a living and growing legacy as a fitting tribute to football’s involvement that people can visit.

Even if you do not support an individual club, you can still donate to the National Football Museum appeal.