A FUNDRAISING event by Bradford City supporters at Jacob Ale House at the end of last November resulted in a cheque for £115 to the T&A’s Honour the Pals Appeal to erect a monument in northern France to honour the men of the Bradford Pals battalions killed on the Somme in 1916.

The event was attended by supporters of both City and Leyton Orient.

Supporters of City and Orient have previously organised trips to the battlefields of France and Flanders. David Pendleton, from Bradford City’s bantamspast museum, and Steve Jenkins, vice chairman of the Leyton Orient Supporters’ Club, spoke about their trips to the Western Front and gave a brief summary of the footballers who paid the ultimate price.

Christina Wagstaff, landlady of Jacobs Ale House donated profits from the bar food to the appeal.

Dave Pendleton said: “There is a growing appreciation that the war affected all aspects of everyday life. Football was no exception. Sadly, as the war progressed footballers were killed and injured in ever increasing numbers at the front.

“By the war’s end nine Bradford City and two Bradford Park Avenue players had died. Those losses were replicated across Britain. Leyton Orient, then known as Clapton Orient, had three players killed and ten were wounded.”