Coin trib­ute to Cobblers’ WW1 hero

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO -

MATT TUBBS’ four league goals in the open­ing five games of the sea­son earned him the first Sky Bet League Two player of the month award for the cam­paign.

Jim Bent­ley led More­cambe to a su­perb start, gain­ing 12 points from their first five games, and has been picked as League Two man­ager of the month.

In the Cham­pi­onship, Igor Vetekele banged in five goals for Charl­ton to be named Au­gust’s best player. Wolves boss Kenny Jack­ett took the ac­co­lades as man­ager.

Barns­ley’s Conor Houri­hane took home the Sky Bet League One player of the month, with Peter­bor­ough chief Dar­ren Fer­gu­son earn­ing the award in the man­ager cat­e­gory.

AS A foot­baller, Northamp­ton Town legend Wal­ter Tull would have been worth a few quid in his hey­day – and almost a cen­tury after his death, he still is!

As part of the com­mem­o­ra­tions of the cen­te­nary of the First World War, the Royal Mint has launched a new £5 coin to hon­our Tull, who was one of Bri­tain’s first black foot­ballers and the first black of­fi­cer in the Bri­tish army.

Tull played pro­fes­sion­ally for the Cobblers and Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur be­fore join­ing up to fight for his coun­try.

De­spite a ban on black of­fi­cers, he was pro­moted to offi- cer rank and led his company of 26 men to safety in the Bat­tle of the Somme be­fore be­ing killed in ac­tion in north­ern France in March 1918.

A memo­rial to Tull has stood out­side the Six­fields Sta­dium since 1999 – and later this year the League Two club’s fans will be able to pay to get in to matches with a new coin bear­ing his im­age.

It also shows troops go­ing over the top and fea­tures the poppy.

MINTED: Wal­ter Tull

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