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24 August 1918 Pte Thomas Jackson

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He lived at 88 Nairne Street and was connected with Mitre St Sunday School, he was, for a time, a regular player for their football team (where he played full-back). He was a weaver. 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 involved in various actions in Mes…


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…


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…


Major Willie Redmond MP

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William Hoey Kearney Redmond was born on 13 April 1861 to a Catholic father and a Protestant mother. After leaving school at Clongowes Wood College in Kildare he was commissioned as an officer in the Wexford Militia before becoming actively involved in politics. He campaigned for Charles Stewart Parnell in the 1880 General Election and two years la…


One of the ‘Forty Thieves’ Identified - Percy Fussell MM – Northampton Saints and the ‘Liverpool Irish’

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It’s a photograph we had seen before, without perhaps looking at it properly.  An extraordinary image of hardened men, just back from a successful attack on a German trench, an iconic picture from April 1916 of the 1/8 King’s Liverpool trench-raiding party. They pose as if in a sport team-photo but some sporting pickelhaubes as trophies instead …


Billy Brewer, the Wiltshire footballer : 13 November 1914

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William Arthur Brewer was born in Chippenham, Wiltshire and was the son of George and Sarah Brewer of 81, Wood Lane, Chippenham. William had worked as a woollen cloth weaver and served in the Territorial Army for three years. On 1 September 1914, a week after the outbreak of the First World War, he re-enlisted in the Wiltshire Regiment in Devizes a…


The Manchester United v Liverpool match fixing scandal of 1915

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Association football had, despite the outbreak of the First World War, not been suspended by the time the season ‘kicked off’ in the summer of 1914. This brought much criticism on clubs and indeed players. The season 1914-15 was destined to be the last until the 1919-20 season. Above: A photo of the 1909 FA Cup Final Bristol City (in blue) v Man…


When the Whistle Blows: The Story of the Footballers’ Battalion in the Great War by Andrew Riddoch and John Kemp

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Haynes Publishing, Yeovil, £19.99 (price in 2011) 336pp, 87 ills, 3 appendices, bibliog, source notes, index. ISBN 978 1 84425 656 3  [This review first appeared in Stand To! No.90 December 2010/January 2011] Haynes Publishing - the extraordinary publisher of car maintenance manuals - Andrew Riddoch and John Kemp, football, the Great War - a s…


Argentina in the Great War

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Argentina was a neutral country during World War I. However, one-third of its population was made up of foreign citizens, including those of countries currently at war. The area was prime for German propaganda and for German agents. One of these agents apparently poisoned a large number of mules which were due to be shipped to Mesopotamia The effo…


Men who Played the Game – Sportsmen who Gave their Life in the Great War by Mike Reese

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Seren Books, £17.99 268pp, 18 ills. ISBN: 978–178–172–286–2 [This review first appeared in Stand To! 109 June 2017 (Special Edition)] From Edward Poulton’s 1919 tear–stained hagiography of his beloved son, the England pre–war Rugby Union captain Ronald Poulton Palmer, books about sport and the men who ‘played the game’ before going to war have …


Football in the First World War

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For the the 2021/2022 season, Saturday 14 May marks the playing of the FA Cup final, 150 years on from the first ever final between the Wanderers and the Royal Engineers. Above: The Wanderers v Royal Engineers match programme - 1872 The result of the game will be important, not only to the supporters of Chelsea and Liverpool, but for millions o…


Ep.255 – Association Football on the Home Front – Dr Alexander Jackson

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Dr Alexander Jackson, a curator at the National Football Museum, talks about his recent book Football’s Great War, Association Football on the English Home Front. Your browser does not support the audio element. Alex talks about the so-call…


'Football's Great War: Wartime Football in England and Lancashire,1914-1918' with Alex Jackson

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Alex Jackson is the curator at the National Football Museum and is giving his first talk to the branch. Football has sat at the heart of British culture for over 150 years and we know it played a big role on the Western Front. This talk will focus on what was happening with football away from the theatres of war and closer to home.  This is another…


January Frontline

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The January issue of Frontline, covers The Christmas Truce and a review of the year for The Milton Keynes WFA


Out Now! Stand To! No. 130

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In Communications Lines, the introduction to Stand To!, editor Matthew Leonard talks football, more on machine gun tactics, the Greek contribution to the First World War, cordite production, and peace medals while introducing Gary Sheffield’s examination of Jay Winter’s The Day the Great War Ended: 24 July 1923. Contents Page  …


130: April 2023

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The Gallipoli Association Fifth Regional Conference in partnership with the Heart of England WFA

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Conference Programme 9.15am Registration starts (Tea and Coffee on arrival)  10.00am Conference commences 12.30 Lunch (not provided)    4.00 pm Finish A display of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in Gallipoli will feature some rare photographs, documents, medals and other artefacts. Speakers: Stephen Chambers: 'Jack Tar: Churchill’s Lit…


Women’s Football and the British Army. From the Great War to the Present Day

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Join a panel of experts at the National Army Museum as they discuss the historic relationship between women’s football and the British Army. Football has been a feature of Army life since the mid-19th century. From kickabouts in military bases worldwide to helping establish the professional game we know today, the Army and its soldiers have long b…


The First Lionesses! The Army Pay Office Preston Ladies Football Team During The Great War by John Black

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Introduction It has been noted that the increase in popularity of association football in Britain was a male working–class phenomenon, which arose due to certain relaxations within the industrial working day, and although correct, there are exceptions. For example, the Royal Engineers Association Football Club played in the first Football Associat…