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WW1 Clarets Honoured By England

Billy Watson and Eddie Mosscrop remembered at St George's Park

15 May 2018

Two Burnley players who served their country in the First World War have been honoured by the current England team.

Billy Watson and Eddie Mosscrop are two of the 14 England players who saw service in the Great War.

The ‘For Club and Country’ project, backed by the Woodland Trust and National Football Museum, saw 14 trees planted near the national football centre at St George’s Park as part of a permanent First World War Centenary memorial.

Those commemorating the players in the tree planting ceremony included senior England internationals Joe Hart, John Stones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ashley Young at the last get-together for Gareth Southgate’s squad. 

Mosscrop and Watson were members of the Clarets’ team (above) that won the FA Cup for the only time in the club’s history in 1914, just three months before the outbreak of war.

After surviving the conflict, the pair – who were both brought up in Southport and started out with junior club Blowick – returned to Turf Moor and helped Burnley win the League Championship in 1921.

Watson – a member of the legendary half-back (defensive) line also including George Halley and cup-final captain Tommy Boyle – made 380 appearances for the Clarets between 1909 and 1924 and won three England caps either side of the War.

Winger Mosscrop played 198 games for Burnley between 1912 and 1922 and appeared twice for England in 1914.

The 14 England players who served in World War One were:

1.     Sam Hardy (Aston Villa)

2.     Harry Hampton (Aston Villa)

3.     Charles Wallace (Aston Villa)

4.     Frank Buckley (Bradford City)

5.     Albert Colclough (Crystal Palace)

6.     George Elliott (Middlesbrough)

7.     Harold Fleming (Swindon Town)

8.     Edwin Latheron (Blackburn Rovers)

9.     Joe Mccall (Preston North End)

10.  Harry Martin (Sunderland)

11.  Edwin Mosscrop (Burnley)

12.  William Watson (Burnley)

13.  Joe Smith (Bolton Wanderers)

14.  Fanny Walden (Tottenham Hotspur)

The ‘For Club and Country’ project aims to create a woodland of 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 bravely risked their lives 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.


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