Remembering Liverpool FC's heroes of WWI
Liverpool Football Club has commemorated the club's players involved in the First World War at a moving ceremony held at the Academy.
Seven trees were planted to create a living legacy for each of the seven LFC players who served and died in the First World War, which ended 100 years ago.
The tree planting ceremony forms part of the national ‘Football Remembers’ campaign, which honours the footballers who bravely joined up and went off to war.
The campaign has been organised in partnership with the Woodland Trust and National Football Museum’s ‘For Club and Country project’, the Premier League, FA, Football League and Professional Footballers’ Association.
Between 1914 and 1918, almost every professional team sent players to the front, and many never returned. The ‘For Club and Country’ project also honours the women who kept the national game alive during the conflict, playing in front of hundreds of thousands of supporters.
Bill Bygroves, LFC club chaplain and Red Neighbours team member, said: “This project is a touching way to commemorate football’s important role in the First World War, and recognises each of the players who bravely fought and died for their country.
“These trees will remain here at the LFC Academy for all players, staff and future generations to appreciate.”
Supporters can find out more about LFC and football’s involvement in the war by visiting www.forclubandcountry.org.uk/liverpool.