Archive for March, 2014

Donald Bell was the only English professional footballer to win the Victoria Cross during World War. In part one of this article we look at his football career. Donald Simpson Bell was born in Harrogate on 3 December 1890 and was educated locally, firstly at St Peter’s School before progressing to grammar school. He became […]


We are currently approaching the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One, or the Great War as it was known to contemporaries. The toll of human sacrifice was phenomenal: almost 900,000 British military personnel dead and over a million and a half wounded. The war affected almost every family and every village – […]


The three remaining articles not yet previewed from issue 32 of Soccer History are as follows: Dave Welbourne writes about the role of football in military recruitment in Bradford in the 1914-15 season, a topical look in the centenary year of the outbreak of World War One. Graham Curry reveals that one of those present […]