Epping Town Football Club to play in commemorative match
Epping Town Football Club will help commemorate one of the first mixed heritage footballers to play in top flight football when they play Clapton in a special pre-season match.
The new-look Epping Town side will play Clapton in a commemorative match in memory of one-time Clapton player Walter Tull (1888-1918) at Clapton's Old Spotted Dog ground in Forest Gate, East London, on Saturday, July 28 (3pm kick off).
Tull was an English professional footballer and British Officer of Afro-Caribbean descent.
He played as an inside forward for Clapton, Tottenham Hotspur and Northampton Town and was the third person of mixed heritage to play in the top division of the football league.
Tull was commissioned as a second lieutenant on May 30, 1917, and became the first mixed heritage infantry officer in a regular British Army regiment.
He was killed in action near the village of Faveuil in the Pas-de-Calais on March 25, 1918.
Epping Town chairman Chris Ottaway said: "Epping Town FC are honoured to be invited to play in such a special match."
Epping Town Mayor councillor Nigel Avey will be presented to both teams before kick-off.
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