In 2016, a new network made up of military historians with an interest in football and football club historians was formally launched at a symposium held at the University of Wolverhampton. The network has got off the ground due to an initial grant from the Oxford United Chairman, Darryl Eales and is based at the Centre for Historical Research, University of Wolverhampton. The National Football Museum based in Manchester along with Soccer History Magazine and Back Pass have also added their support to the project.
The aim of the network is to bring together historians from the academic and football worlds so that for the first time all the academic, practitioner and fan research centred around football, war and history can be brought together within this network. Subjects such as the football and the two world wars; footballers involved in armed conflict; football clubs and their relationship with the armed forces; social impact of football on the populace during times of war; and the military and political implications of the role of footballers and football clubs during times of armed conflict, will be researched, discussed and disseminated. The initial period to be examined will be from about 1900-1965.
The network aims to create a website that will provide information and publications developed through the activities of the network. This will be supported through a series of seminars and conferences; an online journal; an occasional paper series based on academic and practitioner research. The network would also like to reach out to schools by being able to provide schools with football club historians who will run sessions on the history of their clubs that will incorporate aspects of football and war.