Memorial Plaques 
Liverpool Echo
New home for war memorials April 6th 2004
By Tony Barrett Echo Reporter

A New home has been found for a tribute to fallen war heroes which was uncovered in a derelict social club. The two oak panelled plaques honour 10 young footballers from Orrell FC who fought in the trenches during World War I and never came home. The plaques had originally been on display on a memorial gate but were stored for safekeeping after being targeted by vandals. They were recovered 15 years later in the disused Leisure Time Social Club, Litherland, by former manager John Thompson. He approached Sefton council, which has now found a permanent home for the memorial at nearby Orrell Mount Pavilion. The council is now appealing for any relatives of the 10 players to get in touch. Declan Kearney, Sefton's parks officer, said: "We are delighted to find a home for this moving tribute. "Mr Thompson and his colleague Derek Holmes would now love to trace any relatives of these young men who fought and gave their lives for their country. "In November we hope to have a formal dedication of the memorial to coincide with Remembrance Day. "To have any relatives of these footballers present would be very special indeed." The plaques were being taken to their new home today and will soon go on show to the public.

Descendants of the war heroes are urged to get in touch with Mr Thompson on 07909 597 069.

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