The first ever black professional footballer was Arthur Wharton
An amazing athlete.
He played for Preston North End and Sheffield United
at the turn of the century.
He also ran the first ever 10 second 100 yard race.
He was also a record breaking cyclist,
a professional cricketer and a boxer.
He was an educated man, born in Ghana in 1882,
and came to England to train as a Methodist preacher.
But was quickly noticed because of his athleticism.
His life was hard, for he ended up pulling coal wagons in a colliery.
He died a pauper, with an unmarked grave, in the 1930's.
Plans are now afoot to remember his life,
not just with a gravestone, but also with a film.
© Jodie Tester - 9B.
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