When the Whistle Blows: The Story of the Footballers' Battalion in the Great War

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This is the first book to tell the full story of the 17th Battalion Middlesex Regiment, also known as the Footballers' Battalion, during World War I. It charts the history of the Battalion on the football pitch and in the trenches of the First World War. Among the Battalion's ranks were several leading professional and amateur players, with connections to more than 80 present-day League clubs. The Footballers' Battalion fought at the Battles of the Somme, Arras, and Cambrai. In telling the story of this "Pals Battalion," ...