Who was Arthur Wharton?

Unveiling of Arthur Wharton Statue

A statue of Arthur Wharton; the world's first black professional footballer; has been unveiled at St George's Park National Football Centre in Burton.

The plaque reads: Arthur Wharton: October 1865 - December 1930 "This statue commemorates Arthur Wharton, the world's first black professional footballer, and one of the early pioneers and trailblazers in sport. Wharton was also a professional cricketer, cycling champion, rugby player and the world's first official sprint champion achieving unparalleled success in the face of adversity."

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