The Last Pass: The story of football during World War One

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On the orders of Captain Wilfred Nevill, a football was booted into no man's land for troops to follow as they left their trenches.

 

This was no game.

These men weren't racing through on goal having breached the defence on a muddy football pitch, they were British soldiers bearing down on German lines on the first tragic day of the Battle of the Somme.

Many only survived a few steps.

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