THE FOOTBALL BLACK LIST onsıde| ISSUE 39 31 C ollins was born in Kensington in 1926 and went on to play professionally for Sheffield Wednesday, York City, Watford, and Crystal Palace. He then became the Football League’s first ever black manager of a club where he took Fourth Division Rochdale AFC to the League Cup Final in 1962. After Rochdale, he joined Don Revie at Leeds United and England, where the media dubbed him “Football’s Superspy” for his expertise in compiling dossiers on opposition teams. His scouting prowess meanwhile, helped Manchester United sign both Lee Sharpe and Paul McGrath. Whilst more than 25% of professional footballers in the UK are black, there is a lack of representation in decision making positions across all areas away from playing. The Football Black List celebrates the achievements of individuals of African and Caribbean backgrounds away from the pitch. Leon Mann, who co-founded Football Black List alongside Rodney Hinds of The Voice newspaper, explains, “The Football Black List celebration is very special. It brings the black community and the football family together to highlight achievement and also looks at how we can work towards a more diverse industry.” Other awards went to Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton for his contribution to coaching, and Chelsea Ladies player Eniola Aluko. Kick It Out’s Chair, Lord Ouseley, and Education Officer, Hayley Bennett, were also honoured. This year the ceremony took place at the Village Underground venue in Shoreditch and was supported by the Premier League. Executive Chairman of the Premier League, Richard Scudamore said, “The Premier League is known for being a diverse and cosmopolitan football competition. “The Football Black List provides an ideal opportunity to demonstrate our commitment in this area while championing some of the great work and achievements of individuals from BAME communities succeeding at all levels of the game. “They are the ones that will provide the example and leadership for others to follow.” Britain’s first black football manager, Tony Collins, was heralded at the recent Football Black List celebration. BRITAIN’S FIRST BLACK MANAGER HONOURED TOP: Football Black List Co-Founder Leon Mann with Britain’s first black manager T ony Collins ABOVE: Andy Cole (L) and Jason Roberts (R) receive the Keith AlexanderAward fromYannick Bolasie and EniolaAluko To see the full list visit the official website here: www.footballblacklist.com