PLAQUE TO COMMEMORATE FOOTBALL LEGEND WHO DIED AT WAR

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Cambrian News photographer - A photograph of the 1894/95 Aberystwyth University football team. Leigh Roose is third from the right, standing in the back row

FOOTBALL legend Leigh Roose who fought and died on the Somme is to be commemorated with a plaque at the Old College, Aberystwyth.

The Cambrian News reported “The name of a Welsh footballing legend is to be added to a special plaque commemorating Aberystwyth University students who were killed in the First World War.

Leigh Richmond Roose became known as one of the greatest goalkeepers of his day, but in 1916, he was killed during fierce fighting on the Somme.

Despite his death, Roose’s name did not appear on the memorial plaque to fallen students at Aberystwyth’s Old College.

Now members of Aberystwyth University Old Students’ Association have come together to honour the memory of Roose and ensure the goalkeeper is added to the remembrance roll of honour.

Louise Perkins, alumni manager for the development and alumni relations team at Aberystwyth University, said: “For a century, the name of Leigh Richmond Roose has been missing from the war memorial erected by the Old Students’ Association to honour those from the University who had fallen in the Great War. We’re not sure why his name was left off but we are now making good this omission and celebrating the life of one of Aber’s most colourful alumni.”

Tony Bates, the current chair of Aberystwyth Town FC, says Roose is still remembered with affection at the club: “Leigh Richmond Roose still retains iconic status within the club. He is perhaps the biggest character we have ever had the privilege to call one of our own. He made the football club and the university proud with his life and his sacrifice in the First World War.

“This is a fitting tribute to an exceptional goalkeeper, a friend to Aberystwyth and a war hero.”

The remembrance plaque will be unveiled in the Old College today at 10.45am” here.

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