Arthur Wharton 125th anniversary celebration in Rotherham on Sunday 7th September

02 Sep 2014 / News

Join us this Sunday, 7th September, at a special event in Rotherham to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Arthur Wharton becoming the world`s first black professional footballer.

The event takes place between 12 and 4 at Rotherham Rugby Club, Clifton Lane, Rotherham, which is the ground where Rotherham Town were based when Wharton played for them. The celebration will include music, film, poetry, speeches and readings and a chance to see FURD`s Arthur Wharton Story exhibition as well as our Streetkick mobile inflatable football pitch.

When Wharton signed for Rotherham Town in August 1889 to play in the newly formed Midland League, he became the first black professional footballer. He made his debut on 7th September 1889 against Burton as a centre forward, but took over in goal after an injury to the keeper De Ville. He soon became the first choice goalkeeper and stayed with the club for five years, helping them win the Midland League twice and to win election to the second division of the Football League in 1893.

The event on Sunday is organised by Rotherham Unite Against Fascism, Love Music Hate Racism and Stand Up to UKIP.

For more information about Arthur Wharton, see the link below.