As part of the national Football Remembers campaign, Grimsby Town have planted nine trees of remembrance at our Cheapside training ground in memory of the nine Mariners players who lost their lives serving in World War One.
Town had players who served in the Middlesex Regiment and in the Footballers’ Battalion.
The Woodland Trust donated one tree in memory of every player who died as they encouraged clubs across the country to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The club’s first-team players, staff, and management were joined by the youth team, Director Philip Day and Chief Executive Ian Fleming at Cheapside.
The club’s players at the time of World War One starting were Sidney Wheelhouse – who was the club’s captain at the time of the War starting, David Brown Kenny, William Andrews, Willis Rippon, Thomas Rippon, James Alfred Lee, Percy Summers, Francis Martin, Thomas William Spink, George Rampton, and Thomas Mayson.
Grimsby Town Stadium Manager Nick Dale said: “It was very emotional – it was very thought-provoking, it was extremely good to have the academy players involved in the process as well because that sparked conversation and debate about the War.
“And I think that’s very important – in terms of always carrying that memory and legacy forward.
“We thought it was very important that all branches of the club were involved – everybody wanted to be part of the process, and pay their respects.”