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Tull on stage

Posted on 27 February 2013  - 18:53

Bolton’s Octagon Theatre is currently staging Tull, a world premiere production that presents the remarkable and inspiring life story of our former player Walter Tull.

Tull on stage

As all Spurs fans will know, Walter was the first black outfield footballer to play in the First Division and one of the first black British officers in the British army during the First World War.

Tull first played for Spurs in 1909 but unfortunately he suffered racism at the hands of opposing fans. He later joined Northampton Town and, in December, 1914, Walter enlisted in the Footballers Battalion (Middlesex Regiment).

Promoted three times, 2nd Lieutenant Tull showed great bravery and leadership qualities. He was recommended for a Military Cross but did not receive it.

Sadly Walter was killed on the Somme in March, 1918. His men, braving shell and machine gun fire, tried in vain to retrieve his body from the battlefield.

Tull, written by Phil Vasili and directed by David Thacker, tells the story of this exceptional man.

David Thacker, commented: “Walter Tull was an extraordinary man, not only as a footballer but as an exceptional officer.

“It is an honour, a great privilege and a huge responsibility to bring the story of his remarkable life to the stage. He is an inspiration for everybody who is trying to make the world a better place.”

Tull is at the Octagon from Thursday, February 21 – Saturday, March 16, 2013. For more information go to or call the Ticket Office on 01204 520661.

Tull on stage