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Ended up working in the pits in Yorkshire and was buried in a pauper's grave. A very sad end.Darlo Dodger wrote: ↑Sun Oct 18, 2020 5:43 pmDarlington residents probably know about this already but I’ve just seen it on Facebook so thought it worth a share.
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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/h ... 86187.html
Its great that at last people are starting to learn of this history maker.
The sad thing is that many people these days think of Clyde Best at West Ham as the first black player in English football, despite Wharton playing 70 years earlier. The Independent touches on this in their article:
This visibility is indeed important because after his career finished in 1902, Wharton was essentially whitewashed out of football history.
His pioneering achievements disappeared so far from view that today, despite work to promote his memory by groups like Football Unites Racism Divides (FURD), his name remains largely unknown to both football fans and campaigners for racial equality.
Just love that photo of Wharton and the team from 1887.
9 guys wearing quartered shirts and one in hoops.
No doubt hoops was the kit for the following year as voted for by the supporters in 1887.
It's featured in a Guardian gallery about football murals https://www.theguardian.com/football/ga ... n-pictures. It does indeed look great.
The Angel di Maria mural (in the same gallery), not so much. It looks like it might have been done by that amateur who 'restored' a Spanish church mural a few years ago https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesig ... estoration