Imperial War Museum: Football Collection

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Football’s role during both world wars was vitally important in not only providing a source of recreation and entertainment for soldiers, but also in raising money for charities, supporting recruitment, and keeping morale high. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that in the Imperial War Museum’s archives are a number of items relating to football.

The collection includes archive images, propaganda posters, badges from garrison football teams and more besides, building a picture of football’s role in wartime culture. You can use our online catalogue to search over 759,200 items that tell the story of modern war and conflict, collected by the museum since 1917.