Footballers At War: The Footballers' Battalion

"Vivian Woodward, the well-known amateur international footballer has accepted a commission in the Footballers' Battalion."[1]

When 'football' is searched in the British Newspaper Archive the result is the short article above about Chelsea forward Vivian Woodward's acceptance to join the 'Footballers' Battalion.' Despite its prominence on such an important web page, the 17th Service Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment is one which has rarely received the attention it no doubt deserves. They entire Battalion are soon to be inducted into the British Football Hall of Fame 100 years after the outbreak of the First World War. So what was the regiment, who was involved and why should they be remembered?

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By Ben Jones - TFHB (Follow me on Twitter @Benny_J or @TFHBs)

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