Many professional footballers served in the forces during the First World War.
Equally, on the home front many munitions factories developed their own women’s football teams, including Dick Kerr’s Ladies FC in Preston. Matches drew large crowds, and they continued to enjoy success until women were banned from playing in Football League grounds in 1921.
Discover their stories
Over the course of the 2014 World Cup, which kicks off in just over two weeks, we’ll be highlighting a number of incredible life stories of football players who served on the fighting and home fronts during the First World War, but before that there’s plenty you can be doing to remember those who served from your local team.
Help us to remember their lives
Local history group Plymouth History have already set up a Community page for footballers from Plymouth Argyle FC who served in the First World War. The team included James McCormick, William Sutherland, and Samuel Davis. Could you help us to uncover more about their life stories, or indeed other footballers who served in the First World War? If you’re a Friend of Lives of the First World War, why not set up your own Community page for players that served from your team, or for one of the many ladies football teams.
If you’ve uncovered any interesting stories of footballers (professional or otherwise!) who served on the home and fighting fronts during the First World War share them with us, we’d love to hear from you!
- View the Plymouth Argyle FC Community page.