Rotherham honours Arthur Wharton, England’s first black professional footballer

07 September 2023 17:44
Plaque unveiled 134 years after footballer, runner and cricketer first played for Rotherham TownArthur Wharton is far from being a household name but his fans say his name should be shouted from the rafters. More than a century ago he was the outstanding sportsman of his generation: a world record-breaking runner, a superb cricketer and England’s first black professional footballer.“He was a trailblazer, an inspiration,” said the former Chelsea player Ken Monkou. “We follow in his footsteps … [without him] there wouldn’t be a Usain Bolt, there wouldn’t be me, John Barnes and Brendon Batson. He laid the foundation. He put the crumbs out.” Continue full article

Source: TheGuardian