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24 August 1918 Pte Thomas Jackson

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Thomas, who lived at 88 Nairne Street, was born in the town in 1887. Connected with Mitre St Sunday School, he was, for a time, a regular player for their football team (where he played in the full-back position). Thomas was conscripted into the army in June 1916 and sent to join the 6th Bn King's Own in Mesopotamia in October 1916. He was involv…



'How Football Fouled The Truce' - FREE SEMINAR 21 March

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‘Football, Community, History and the Military: How Football Fouled The Truce’   5.30pm – 7.00pm, 21st March 2018 University of Wolverhampton Speaker: Taff Gillingham The seminar will be a free event with refreshments provided. It will take place in Room MA030 MC Building City Campus Wulfruna Street Wolverhampton WV1 1LY. If you would…


FREE: 'Football and the British Army in the Great War: Myths and Reality' with Dr Iain Adams : 30 November

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This free event will explore the history of football in the First World War and commemorating the centenary of the Armistice with a football match dedicated to peace. To mark the hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War, University of Kent staff will play a football match and officially twin a sports pitch with the Flanders Peace Fi…


The first footballer killed in 1914: Larrett Roebuck of Huddersfield Town

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Huddersfield Town full-back Larrett Roebuck was the first professional footballer from the English Leagues to be killed in the First World War. This is his story... Larrett Roebuck was born at Jump, near Barnsley, in South Yorkshire, on 27 January 1889. By 1901 the Roebuck family had moved to Rotherham and were living in Barker's Yard, off the m…



London Irish Rifles at Loos by Dr Iain Adams (1)

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Part of Britain’s folk memory of the First World War is of long lines of Tommies resolutely going over the top into a storm of machine gun fire and walking bravely to their deaths kicking a football. The most famous example is that of the East Surrey’s led by Captain Nevill at the Somme. However, it was first performed by the London Irish Rifles at…


Lost in France. The Remarkable Life and Death of Leigh Roose Football's First Superstar

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Not that familiar or even keen on football I was nonetheless drawn into the intricacies of the game and the intimate life of the man and goalkeeper Leigh Roose. We are then thrown into the First World War, Gallipoli and the Somme. Finally we get the detective story that seeks to uncover what happened to the man during the fighting. Missing in Galli…