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MARCUS RASHFORD’S tireless campaigning to tackle child food poverty has earned him a place on the Football Black List.
The Manchester United and England forward has made the 2020 list — which celebrates positive influencers from the black community in the sport — for his work in successfully lobbying Boris Johnson’s government for an extension of free school meal provision, which the Tories opposed for weeks before succumbing to overwhelming public pressure.
The Football Black List was founded by Rodney Hinds and Leon Mann in 2008 and members are selected by an expert panel from the black community and football industry.
Other players joining Rashford on the list are Crystal Palace goalkeeper Chloe Morgan, for raising awareness of black inclusion and LGBT+ representation in the women’s game, Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings and Watford’s Troy Deeney for challenging racial injustice and Palace forward Wilfried Zaha for his efforts to support nurses during the coronavirus pandemic.
Hinds said: “Yet again the Football Black List has unearthed many in the community that are doing great work.
“The efforts of Marcus Rashford deserve acclaim alongside the others on the list who go about their business for the good of others.
“After a year of challenges, it is great to be provided with inspiration.”
Edleen John, the Football Association’s co-partner for equality, diversity and inclusion, Villa Women sporting director Eni Aluko and QPR’s director of football Les Ferdinand feature in non-playing sections of the list.
The list in full:
Cyrille Regis Players:
Chloe Morgan – Crystal Palace Women
Marcus Rashford – Manchester United and England
Troy Deeney – Watford
Tyrone Mings – Aston Villa and England
Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace and Ivory Coast
Edleen John – director of international relations, corporate affairs and diversity, Football Association
Eni Aluko – sporting director, Aston Villa Women
Jade Morgan – general manager, Leicester Women
Les Ferdinand – director of football, QPR
Marie Gabriel – chair, West Ham United Foundation
Coaching and management:
Alex Dyer – manager, Kilmarnock
Ashley Boasah and Cornelius Nwadialor – joint managers, Tooting and Mitcham
Jason Euell – under-23 head coach, Charlton
Karleigh Osborne – women’s head coach, Brentford
Tony Whelan – assistant academy director, Manchester United
Ashanti George-Faure – senior talent manager, Refresh Sports
Faina Msellam – sports industry advisory board member, Birkbeck Sport Business Centre
Marvin Morgan – chief executive, Fresh Ego Kid
Nathan Thompson – commercial director, West Ham
Warren Haughton – director, Haughton Consultancy
Community and grassroots:
Diane Sawyers – operations manager, Holford Drive Community Sports Hub
Duke Harrison-Hunter – equality, diversity and inclusion officer, Pompey in the Community
Emma Trent – head of programmes, Notts County Football in the Community
Harold Bennett – founder, North London Limited
Dr Michael Seeraj – head of equality diversity and inclusion, Charlton
Annette Nelson – education lead, Football v Homophobia
Carl Anka – football reporter, The Athletic
Charlene Gravesande – special projects journalist, Sky Sports
Hugh Woozencroft – sports broadcaster, talkSPORT
Jessica Creighton – sports reporter, Sky Sports
Micah Richards – freelance broadcaster
Hayley Bennett – founder, WeAreNutmegs
Jason Lee – equalities education executive, Professional Footballers’ Association
Marvin Robinson – chief executive, Peterborough United Foundation
Dr Matt Ogunsanya – club doctor, Watford
Sam Allison – national group referee, Professional Game Match Officials Limited
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