Blues Duo Help Create Lasting Tribute To England's War Heroes

Everton duo Lewis Gibson and Megan Finnigan have helped create a lasting memorial at St George’s Park to the 14 England footballers who served their country during the First World War.

The pair, England Under-18 and England Women internationals respectively, joined forces with a number of their Three Lions colleagues to plant 14 trees near The FA’s national football centre in Burton-upon-Trent.

Some of the more unlikely heroes during the 1914-1918 conflict were the footballers of the time who put their careers on hold and bravely headed off to war.

As they swapped the hallowed turf of professional pitches for the trenches of the front line, football was changed forever.

Meanwhile, female footballers kept the national game alive back home, often playing in front of thousands of supporters.

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As well as leaving a lasting tribute to the 14 heroes, the initiative supports the For Club And Country project, a scheme backed by the Woodland Trust and National Football Museum.

For Club and Country aims to create a woodland with dedicated trees in team groves at the Woodland Trust’s Centenary Woods at Langley Vale in Epsom. Everyone who dedicates a tree will be remembered in a digital roll of honour, while the wood will create a lasting, living legacy to all those who died or were involved in the First World War.

Fans can help plant trees in remembrance by texting WOODS ENG to 70025 to donate £5 or visit forclubandcountry.org.uk.

England’s First World War heroes: Sam Hardy (Aston Villa); Frank Buckley (Bradford City); Albert Colclough (Crystal Palace); George Elliott (Middlesbrough); Harold Fleming (Swindon Town); Harry Hampton (Aston Villa); Edwin Latheron (Blackburn Rovers); Joe McCall (Preston North End); Harry Martin (Sunderland); Edwin Mosscrop (Burnley); Joe Smith (Bolton Wanderers); Fanny Walden (Tottenham Hotspur);  Charles Wallace (Aston Villa); Richard Watson (Burnley).

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