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Arthur Wharton

Post by Darlo Dodger » Sun Oct 18, 2020 5:43 pm

Darlington residents probably know about this already but I’ve just seen it on Facebook so thought it worth a share.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/3974693 ... 663818578/

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Re: Arthur Wharton

Post by biccynana » Sun Oct 18, 2020 8:42 pm

Darlo Dodger wrote:
Sun Oct 18, 2020 5:43 pm
Darlington residents probably know about this already but I’ve just seen it on Facebook so thought it worth a share.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/3974693 ... 663818578/
Ended up working in the pits in Yorkshire and was buried in a pauper's grave. A very sad end.

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Re: Arthur Wharton

Post by grytters » Mon Oct 19, 2020 9:26 am

Also held a record for the 100yd sprint.

So played in goal…
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Re: Arthur Wharton

Post by bga » Tue Oct 20, 2020 12:04 pm

grytters wrote:
Mon Oct 19, 2020 9:26 am
Also held a record for the 100yd sprint.

So played in goal…
Last time I went to the National Football Museum in Manchester (about 18 months ago) his giant sized picture was on the wall as soon as you enter next to Beckham and Pele I recall.

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Re: Arthur Wharton

Post by jjljks » Tue Oct 20, 2020 2:46 pm

Isn't there a statue of him at Wembley or St George's Park?
Edited: yes, National Football Centre nr Burton on Trent
Is the mural a bit of a (Gordon) Banksy? :lol:

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Re: Arthur Wharton

Post by grytters » Sun Oct 25, 2020 11:40 am

jjljks wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 2:46 pm
Isn't there a statue of him at Wembley or St George's Park?
Edited: yes, National Football Centre nr Burton on Trent
Is the mural a bit of a (Gordon) Banksy? :lol:
Do the song…
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Re: Arthur Wharton

Post by jjljks » Mon Oct 26, 2020 7:02 am

Massive piece about AW in The Independent. Too big to copy & include here but well worth checking out👍

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Re: Arthur Wharton

Post by spen666 » Mon Oct 26, 2020 8:21 am

jjljks wrote:
Mon Oct 26, 2020 7:02 am
Massive piece about AW in The Independent. Too big to copy & include here but well worth checking out👍
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.

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Re: Arthur Wharton

Post by banktopp » Mon Oct 26, 2020 8:59 am

jjljks wrote:
Mon Oct 26, 2020 7:02 am
Massive piece about AW in The Independent. Too big to copy & include here but well worth checking out👍
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.

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Re: Arthur Wharton

Post by don'tbuythesun » Sat Oct 31, 2020 8:40 am

They showed a 15 minute film about this on BT sport last night but sadly very late. The mural looks fantastic.

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Re: Arthur Wharton

Post by biccynana » Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:26 pm

don'tbuythesun wrote:
Sat Oct 31, 2020 8:40 am
They showed a 15 minute film about this on BT sport last night but sadly very late. The mural looks fantastic.
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

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