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December 10, 2020
  • Rashford included on the list alongside Tyrone Mings, Troy Deeney, Wilfried Zaha and Chloe Morgan in the Cyrille Regis players section
  • Annette Nelson picks up first-ever ‘LGBT+’ Award
  • Black disabled peoples’ contribution in football to be celebrated at online awards event
  • The Football Black List will be published exclusively in The Voice Newspaper today

Manchester United and England star, Marcus Rashford, has today been named on the Football Black List – an initiative celebrating the most influential Black people in the British game. 

Rashford makes the list for his outstanding campaigning work to raise awareness of child food poverty in the UK, as well as successfully lobbying the government to provide children with school meals when they need them the most.

The Football Black List, founded in 2008 by sports journalists Leon Mann and Rodney Hinds, highlights positive influencers from the Black community in the sport.

A panel of experts from the Black community and football industry vote independently on nominations made by the public to determine who makes the list. The panel included representation from the Premier League, The Football Association, Professional Footballers’ Association, League Managers Association, English Football League, PGMOL, FARE, BCOMS and Kick It Out.

Footballers joining Rashford in the Cyrille Regis Players section of the list, include Crystal Palace women’s Goalkeeper, Chloe Morgan, for raising awareness of both Black representation and LGBT+ inclusion in the women’s game; Aston Villa and England defender, Tyrone Mings, and Watford striker, Troy Deeney, for using their platforms to challenge racial injustice; as well as Palace and Ivory Coast forward, Wilfried Zaha, for his efforts to support nurses during the coronavirus pandemic.

Elsewhere on the list, Edleen John, who sits on The FA’s leadership team, Aston Villa women sporting director, Eniola Aluko, and QPR director of football, Les Ferdinand, feature in the senior administration section.

The list also celebrates Football v Homophobia Education Lead, Annette Nelson, who becomes the first recipient of a new LGBT+ Award.

The Voice Newspaper is the exclusive home of the Football Black List which creates an opportunity to celebrate the Black communities contribution to the industry, while also encouraging debate and discussion on how best to address the ongoing under-representation of people from African-Caribbean backgrounds away from playing.

Importantly, the list also helps to shine a light on deserving people working in the community and at the grassroots level of the game who often go uncelebrated.

The list recognises people across eight categories:

  • Administration
  • Coaching & Management
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Cyrille Regis Players
  • LGBT+
  • Media
  • Practitioners

The Ugo Ehiogu ‘Ones to Watch’ category – which identifies talented, young people in the industry under 30 years of age – will be released next week and plans will soon be announced for an online celebration event where all those on the list will receive an award. The huge contribution of Black disabled people in football will be recognised and feature within the event.

Rodney Hinds, co-founder of the Football Black List, said: “Yet again the Football Black List has unearthed many in the community that are doing great work.

“The efforts of Marcus Rashford deserve acclaim alongside the others on the list who go about their business for the good of others.

“The Voice is happy to be home of the Football Black List and after a year of challenges it is great to be provided with inspiration.”

Fellow co-founder of the initiative, Leon Mann, added: “The global Black Lives Matter protests has made the game reflect on its own diversity and relationship with Black communities.

“The Football Black List provides a snapshot of the wonderful contribution the Black community makes to the national sport. We hope it inspires the next generation of Black leaders to follow those listed and the initiative helps encourage the football industry to put diversity at the top of the agenda – where it needs to be to make much needed progress in this area.”

Please find the full Football Black List below:

Cyrille Regis Players:
Chloe Morgan, Crystal Palace Women
Marcus Rashford MBE, Manchester United and England
Troy Deeney, Watford FC
Tyrone Mings, Aston Villa and England
Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace and Ivory Coast

Edleen John, Director of International Relations, Corporate Affairs and Diversity – The FA
Eniola Aluko, Sporting Director – Aston Villa FC Women
Jade Morgan, General Manager – Leicester City Women
Les Ferdinand MBE, Director of Football – Queens Park Rangers
Marie Gabriel CBE, Chairperson – West Ham United Foundation

Coaching and Management:
Alex Dyer, Manager – Kilmarnock FC
Ashley Bosah & Cornelius Nwadialor, Joint Managers – Tooting & Mitcham FC
Jason Euell, Under 23 Head Coach – Charlton Athletic FC
Karleigh Osborne, Women’s Head Coach – Brentford FC
Tony Whelan, Assistant Academy Director – Manchester United

Ashanti George-Faure, Senior Talent Manager – Refresh Sports
Faïna Msellem – Co-founder of Lived Equity and Sports Industry Advisory Board Member at Birkbeck University
Marvin Morgan, Founder – Fresh Ego Kid
Nathan Thompson, Commercial Director – West Ham United
Warren Haughton, Director, Haughton Consultancy

Community and Grassroots:
Diane Sawyers, Operations Manager – Holford Drive Community Sports Hub
Duke Harrison-Hunter, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer – Pompey in the Community
Emma Trent, Head of Programmes – Notts County Football in the Community
Harold Bennett, Founder – North London United
Dr. Michael Seeraj, Head of Equality Diversity & Inclusion – Charlton Athletic FC

Annette Nelson, Education Lead – Football v Homophobia

Carl Anka, Football Reporter – The Athletic
Charlene Gravesande, Special Projects Journalist – Sky Sports
Hugh Woozencroft, Sports Broadcaster – talkSPORT
Jessica Creighton, Sports Reporter – Sky Sports
Micah Richards, Freelance Broadcaster

Hayley Bennett, Founder – WeAreNutmegs
Jason Lee, Equalities Education Executive – PFA
Marvin Robinson, CEO – Peterborough United Foundation
Dr. Matt Ogunsanya, Club Doctor – Watford FC
Sam Allison, National Group Referee – PGMOL


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