Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: Dorothy Hall


Plaque Players 1914-18 1939-45 Stadium of Light





Map ref

NZ 394574

Original Location

Opposite the West Stand, next to the Fans' Statue.

Which war

a. 1914-18
b. 1939-45

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Unveiled at 12 noon, on the 13th December 2014, [100 years Centenary of the Christmas Truce], just before the Kick-off at the match with visitors West Ham.

Memorial Description

Steel Plaque, 15" high (375mm) x 15" wide (375mm) very plain, on a wall in the area occupied by a statue of supporters. Lettering is in sans serif lower case.

Materials used

Stainless Steel


Dedicated to the Sunderland players who died in the World Wars / (Names) / And to all those who selflessly gave their lives.


Who commissioned

Sunderland Football Club

Ownership and maintenance

Sunderland Football Club


1. The Memorial also pays tribute to all those killed in the line of Duty.

2. The Memorial sits within a specially created seated area, alongside the existing Fans' Statue -a stunning bronze installation dedicated to Sunderland fans past, present and future. As well as paying tribute to those players lost in World Wars, the area will also be used by fans as a focal point to remember lost loved ones.

3. Dedicated by two military chaplains who joined the Club Chaplain Father Marc Lynden-Smith and members of the Armed Forces to dedicate the monument.

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: Dorothy Hall

Red and White Saturday 13/12/2014. Match programme.

Source of quotation:

"They shall grow not old": Laurence Binyon 4th Stanza of 'For the fallen' first published in the Times on the 21st September 1914.

External web link

Research acknowledgements

Dorothy Hall; James Pasby

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Plaque Players 1914-18 1939-45 Stadium of Light (S140.155)


   They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
   Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
   At the going down of the sun and in the morning
   We will remember them.

   Dedicated to the Sunderland players who died in the World Wars:
   1914 – 1918
   Alexander Barrie
   James Chalmers
   Jack Huggins
   Sandy McAllister
   Albert Milton
   Leigh Richmond Roose
   Thomas Rowlandson
   Percy Saunders
   and to all those who selflessly gave their lives.








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