Arthur Wharton was England’s first black footballer. Born in Ghana in 1865, Wharton moved to Durham, England to study around the 1880’s. He found an interest in sports, beating his competition in 100-yard sprints at Stamford Bridge, and excelling at cricket and cycling events. In 1886, he became the Amateur Athletics Association national 100 yards champion. When the footballers that called themselves “The Invincibles” saw his talents, they immediately took him as a player.


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