England and Manchester United legend joins football remembrance project
3 March 2017
Manchester United and England football legend, Sir Bobby Charlton CBE, is to become a supporter and club champion for Manchester United as part of a project which sees First World War footballers remembered by planting trees in the UK.
The Woodland Trust and the National Football Museum are behind the project ‘For Club and Country’, which will see a living legacy of trees planted in remembrance.
Almost every team in the league today sent players to the front between 1914 and 1918 and many never returned. Those that did were never the same again. Spearheaded by England and West Ham legend, Sir Trevor Brooking CBE, the National Football Museum and the Woodland Trust are partnering to remember and commemorate these players.
Sir Bobby said: “I’m incredibly proud of Manchester United’s First World War history. Young, brave footballers such as Sandy Turnbull, alongside staff and supporters from the club made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us today. Together with the National Football Museum and Woodland Trust we will commemorate this great club’s involvement in the First World War. He urged fans to play a part saying "Please get involved to keep the legacy of these heroes alive, and your name will appear alongside mine on the supporters roll of honour.”
Sir Bobby, who as well as being a World Cup, European Cup, FA Cup and Ballon d'Or winner is also Manchester United Club Director and National Football Museum President joins others supporting the project including:
John McGovern: Nottingham Forest double European Cup winning captain and Club Ambassador
Ian Taylor: Aston Villa, League Cup winner and Club Ambassador
Dr John Dean: Bradford Park Avenue chairman, home of FWW hero Donald Simpson Bell VC
Clive Anderson: Arsenal, ardent Gunner and Woodland Trust President
Sir Tom Courtenay: Hull City, President of the Hull supporters club and award winning actor
Every team and supporter in the English football league is being offered the chance to donate to ensure their club is commemorated in the remembrance groves at the Woodland Trust’s First World War Centenary Wood at Langley Vale in Epsom. Everyone who does will become part of the supporter roll of honour, which will form a lasting tribute both on www.forclubandcountry.org.uk and at the National Football Museum.
This is the fans chance to pay tribute to their team’s players that were involved in the First World War and to ensure that the contribution the players gave 100 years ago is never forgotten.
National Football Museum Vice President Sir Trevor said: “The Woodland Trust and the National Football Museum’s For Club and Country project is the perfect way to commemorate football’s important role in World War One. By planting groves of trees for every club whose players bravely fought for their country we are creating something beautiful and long lasting for future generations."
“Every football supporter has the chance to learn more about football in WW1, and get involved to make sure their club is remembered in the football groves at Langley Vale Wood. Make sure your team is represented and see your own name listed on the supporters roll of honour. Thanks for your support.”
You can help out by pledging as little as £1. Join the roll of honour at www.forclubandcountry.org.uk