‘Radical’ former Manchester United star Anderson returns for Black History Month event

Manchester United legend Viv Anderson will share his experiences of being England’s first black international footballer at a special Black Radicals event in October.

Anderson, who made his England debut at Wembley against Czechoslovakia in 1978, is one of the People’s History Museum’s 100 Radical Heroes and will return to the museum on October 15 for the event to celebrate Black History Month.

The event, which has been organised with the Football Association, continues the governing body’s remembering of black footballing pioneers of yesteryear.

Albert Johanesson, the first black player to appear in an FA Cup Final, and Arthur Wharton, the world’s first black professional footballer, have both been honoured by The FA in the last 12 months.

Anderson started his career at home city club Nottingham Forest in 1974 and went on to play for Arsenal before becoming Sir Alex Ferguson’s first Old Trafford signing when he joined United in 1987.

After a four-year spell with the Reds, Anderson moved to Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley and Middlesbrough before retiring in 1995.

The shirt he wore for his England debut is on display at the People’s History Museum.

Tickets for the event, which kicks off at 7pm, are available via Eventbrite by clicking here.

In order to keep events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation. Suggested donation £5

The museum is also holding two other family-friendly Living History performances to mark the Black Radicals series.

On October 15, from 1.15pm to 2pm, Slavery & Suffrage will explore the life of William Cuffay, son of a freed slave who became a Chartist leader and campaigned for the right to vote.

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And on October 29, again between  1.15pm and 2.00pm, No Bed of Roses explores the adventures of Gabrielle, who moves from Caribbean to Britain in the 1950s.

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Main image courtesy of Setanta Sports via YouTube, with thanks.

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