About the Foootball Club and the First World War Website

ABOUT THE WEBSITE Football and the First World War is a non-profit research website designed, created and maintained by Iain McMullen. With initial support from the National Football Museum and the Professional Footballers’ Association during the First World War Centenary, and much help along the way from the many individuals and organisations who have kindly offered their assistance […]

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Sources and Acknowledgements

SOURCES AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Acknowledgements and Thanks to… David Abbott, Gary Archer, Stephen Bannister, Edward Barbour, Simon Barker, Barnsley Football Club, Matthew Bell, Graham Birch, Professor Huw Bowen, Paul Briers, Tony Brown, Chelsea Graves Society, Jugjit Chima, Tim Clapham, The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, James Cotton, Ray Court, Everton FC Heritage Society, Alex Flood, The Fulhamish […]

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Richard Sparling – Sports Writer and Sheffield Soldier

RICHARD SPARLING - SPORTS WRITER AND SOLDIER In 1926 Richard A. Sparling wrote what was probably the first ever football club history, entitled The Romance of the Wednesday. But this was not his first publication. In 1920 he had written, with the assistance of his fellow sportswriter Howard R. Sleigh, the official history the 12th (Service) […]

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Churchman Football Cigarette Cards 1914

CHURCHMAN FOOTBALL CIGARETTE CARDS 1914 W.A. & A.C. Churchman was originally established in 1790 by William Churchman and originally sold small pipe tobacco from their shop on Hyde Park Corner in Ipswich. It was not until 1888 that the company began producing ‘white cigarettes’ and were soon producing more than 20,000 an hour with newly-installed […]

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British Unifroms, Equipment and Weapons of the First World War

BRITISH UNIFROM, EQUIPMENT AND WEAPONS OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR  

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Domestic Football Photographs from the First World War

  England and Wales Football League and Southern League Team Groups View   Scotland Scottish Football League Team Groups View

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Domestic Football Photographs from the First World War

  Team Photographs Football League, Southern League and Scottish Football League Team Groups View   Match Photographs British Domestic Football Match Action View

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Football Photographs from the First World War

  Domestic Football Photographs British Domestic Football during the First World War View   Military Football Photographs Football in the Forces during the First World War View   The War Photographs from the Front View

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Recruitment Posters in World War One

RECRUITMENT POSTERS Recruitment and propaganda posters were of huge importance to the way in which was fought during the First World War. The Parliamentary Recruitment Committee, chaired by Prime Minister Herbert Asquith, was created at the start of the War and would go on to commission more than one hundred poster designs, of which over […]

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Military Football in World War 1

MILITARY FOOTBALL DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR Sport has always been an integral part of life in the British military and the First World War was no exception. Whether played as part of an organised inter-unit competition or a quick ad-hoc kickabout behind the lines, football was by far the most popular form of recreation […]

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