A FORMER Bury FC player will once again be honoured as part of Remembrance Sunday commemorations.

Teddy Bullen, originally a butcher from Warrington, originally played for Altrincham FC, until he was signed by Bury in 1906.

He was then a First Division footballer with Bury, who had won the FA Cup twice in the years before the outbreak of the First World War, and he helped lead them to victory on the field many times.

He played for the club 188 times as a wing-half and would have played more, had it not been for long-term injuries.

In 1916, compulsory conscription was introduced as the war effort became more desperate for manpower, and Teddy was placed with the Royal Field Artillery.

While serving, he played for Bury in wartime fixtures when on leave, including a match against Liverpool on February 3, 1917.

Six months later, he was killed on August 11 at Vaulx Vracourt, a small commune, 15 miles south east of Arras in Northern France.

His body was buried in Vracourt Copse cemetery in the late 1920s, along with 100 or more other 1917-1918 casualties who died in the village or surrounding area.

A memorial to the player still hangs in the boardroom at Gigg Lane.

David Ottley, a former Bury FC chaplain who led several remembrance services in honour of Teddy, said: “The people of Bury are very proud of their football club, the role it has played in history and Teddy Bullen is a timely reminder of that. Winning the FA Cup is great but human beings putting their life on the line is about something more.

“Remembrance Sunday is a time for reflection, where we think about human beings, like Teddy Bullen, who were doing their best to make the world a better place and, tragically, paid the ultimate price for it.

“One of the most important aspects of this time is to think of ways we can make sure the events of the First World War don’t happen again, and that we reflect on what we can do here and now to make the world a better place.”