‘Forget football, war is the proper game now chaps’

A cartoon from the Free Press of 1914
A cartoon from the Free Press of 1914

One hundred years ago this week, a meeting was held to consider whether or not it was a good idea to continue Bourne Town Football Club while the war continued.

The meeting was held after the honorary secretary, Mr W Palmer, received a letter from the Peterborough League asking if the club would continue to carry out its list of fixtures if the League were to continue.

There were concerns over whether to continue the league in view of the war.

At the meeting, worries were expressed that other local clubs including Rippingale, Billingborough and Donington has cancelled their fixures until Christmas and that there would be difficulty in finding teams to play.

The club decided that they would not continue in the league as they might find it difficult to fulfil the fixtures.

It was agreed that there would be a meeting in November to decide if the club should re-form in the New Year.

The meeting came at a time when Captain Weigall MP, the honorary recruiting officer for Lincolnshire, had made an appeal to the young men of football clubs to join the army,

He said : “Join the army which is the proper game now.”

During the meeting, it was stated that six of the football players from the last season were on duty at the country’s call.

A meeting held in Peterborough discovered that twelve teams in the league had decided to continue playing football in the league.