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The Un-Final Count of Footballers Lost 1914-1918

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Arsenal 3 Aston Villa 1

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Barnsley 4 Blackburn Rovers 2

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Birmingham City 2 Blackpool 3

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Bolton Wanderers 1 Bradford City 9

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 Derby County 6 Brentford 7

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 Brighton and Hove Albion 5 Bristol City 5

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 Bristol Rovers 3 Bury 7

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 Burnley 5 Cardiff City 0

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 Chelsea 6 Clapton Orient 4

10 Leave a comment on verse 10 0 Coventry City 6 Crystal Palace 4

11 Leave a comment on verse 11 0 Bradford Park Avenue 2 Everton 7

12 Leave a comment on verse 12 0 Exeter City 6 Fulham 0

13 Leave a comment on verse 13 0 Grimsby Town 1 Huddersfield Town 5

14 Leave a comment on verse 14 0 Hull City 4 Liverpool 6

15 Leave a comment on verse 15 0 Luton Town 3 Manchester City 9

16 Leave a comment on verse 16 0 Manchester United 8 Middlesborough 7

17 Leave a comment on verse 17 0 Millwall 5 Newcastle United 9

18 Leave a comment on verse 18 0 Newport County 1 Northampton Town 1

19 Leave a comment on verse 19 0 Norwich City 6 Nottingham Forest 2

20 Leave a comment on verse 20 0 Notts County 2 Oldham Athletic 0

21 Leave a comment on verse 21 0 Plymouth Argyle 7 Portsmouth 0

22 Leave a comment on verse 22 0 Preston North End 10 Queens Park Rangers 0

23 Leave a comment on verse 23 0 Reading 9 Sheffield United 2

24 Leave a comment on verse 24 0 Southampton 4 Southend United 10

25 Leave a comment on verse 25 0 Stockport County 9 Stoke City 0

26 Leave a comment on verse 26 0 Sunderland 0 Swansea 0

27 Leave a comment on verse 27 0 Stalybridge Celtic 0 Swindon Town 6

28 Leave a comment on verse 28 0 Sheffield Wednesday 3 West Bromwich Albion 2

29 Leave a comment on verse 29 0 West Ham United 7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0

30 Leave a comment on verse 30 0 Watford 3 Tottenham Hotspur 14

A moving account in football scores format, which I compiled recently from records held by the National football Museum of those known footballers killed in action from league teams at the time.

It includes Walter Tull, a legend at the time and the first black officer, but does not include numberss for the dead from the Irish ,Non-League, Scottish League or Welsh .

A harrowing and poignant list of teams and their First World War casuaties whioch was beautifully read to a stunned and silent audience by Jonny Fluffypunk at the recent Trenchcoats for Goalposts Christmas Truce (work very much in progress) gig here in Stroud on 14th Dec. We will be performing this again next year in a fully enhanced format as a structured play with poetry and music in a local theatre.

From recent contact with the cub statistician at Forest Green Rovers (our local side here in Stroud) we have now discovered that three of the club’s players were killed in action in the War. Heart of Midlothian were the first ever team to sign up and enlist (along with officials and over 1000 Hearts fans, who fought alongside each other and lost a whole team of 11 players in the process..

The Footballers Batallion was formed to encourage footballers at the time time to join up and Play The Game .Their posters have also featured recently on our Facebook page.

Postscript: Sadly and ironically, at first glance the list also resembles the often bizarre scores we used to get at Christmases long ago. Eg;.my first ever Christmas Day (morning) game in 1957 (aged 9) was Chelsea 7 (Greaves 4) Portsmouth 4

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/the-un-final-count-of-footballers-lost-1914-1918/