New film to tell life story of Cobblers footballer and war hero who lived in Rushden

Walter Tull, left, was the first black combat soldier to fight in the trenches
Walter Tull, left, was the first black combat soldier to fight in the trenches

A new film will celebrate the achievements of a former soldier and footballer who lived in Rushden.

Walter Tull, who lived in Queen Street, Rushden, while playing for Northampton Town at the start of the 20th century, is the subject of the film, starring Nathan Ives-Moiba, Tom Wilkinson, David Morrissey and Vinnie Jones.

The film – entitled Tull – portrays the life and times of the first black officer in the British Army.

Tull was also just the second black professional footballer on these shores when he signed for Tottenham Hotspur in 1909, two years before his move to our county.

He will be played in the film by Ives-Moiba. Wilkinson will portray legendary manager Herbert Chapman, who mentored Tull, while ex-footballer Jones will star as Tull’s coach when he was at Spurs.

Morrissey will play a Methodist minister instrumental in the war hero’s early life.

As well as the film, a play named The Hallowed Turf will also tell his tale.

It was at Northampton that Tull made his name as a footballer.

He played more than 100 times for the Cobblers between 1911 and 1914, scoring nine goals.

He was the first Northampton Town player to enlist in the Army when war broke out.

Tull’s life was also marked by the Royal Mint earlier this year, which released a commemorative £5 coin to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, in which Tull served as part of the Footballers’ Battalion.

In 1918, one month short of his 30th birthday, he was killed in action at the Somme in northern France.