watch the Interview with a legendary ‘Footballer Who Went To War’.

Phil Stant, a legendary footballer who went to war at 19 and later became a premier league player narrated his harrowing experience in this video.

When footballers were men, football stepped up to save the nation. The peace, joy and tranquility we enjoyed today was provided for us in blood by our past great heroes, who left everything behind to defend the territorial boundaries of this great nation from foreign invaders.  not so sure the same can be said of the over hyped flamboyant footballers of today.

Phil Stant was interviewed by Paul Fletcher MBE, a great personality of the game too.

Phil talks about footballers players that went to war with the Footballers Battalion and the gruesome and harrowing experience of war as a 19 year old.

“I’ve always said when you’re a professional footballer the biggest crime of all is letting yourself down. When you’re in the army the biggest crime of all is letting your mates down,” he says. “As professional footballers we are very selfish because that’s the nature of the business but, despite the difference, there has always been a close link between football and the forces.

Footballers Battalion formation. (He talked about the formation of footballers battalion)

He talked about First battle for the footballers.

And Leicester players killed during the war.

Phil also talked about other football club players who died in the war

Phil who was bought out of the Army by Hereford United for just £600 in October 1986 – play for the likes of Cardiff, Mansfield, Fulham, Bury and Lincoln. Stant now works for the Football League where he ensures that the links between the military and football are maintained.

 Stant’s remarkable football journey from military to active footballer and football manager 

Playing career

1982-83 Reading

1986-89 Hereford United

1989-91 Notts County

1990 Blackpool (loan)

1990-91 Lincoln City (loan)

1991 Huddersfield Town (loan)

1991 Fulham

1991-92 Mansfield Town

1992-95 Cardiff City

1993-94 Mansfield Town (loan)

1995-96 Bury

1996 Northampton (loan)

1996-2001 Lincoln City

2001 Brighton & Hove Albion

2001-02 Worcester City

2002 Dover Athletic

2002 Hayes

2002 Hinckley United

2002-03 Gainsborough Trinity

2003-04 Ilkeston Town

Managerial career

2000-01 Lincoln City

2002-03 Gainsborough Trinity

2003-05 Ilkeston Town


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Some war memorabilia on display

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