The World’s FIRST “Black PROFESSIONAL Footballer” Arthur Wharton gets a statue

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A statue honoring Arthur Wharton has been unveiled at St. George’s Park.

The 16-foot permanent memorial will recognize the pioneering achievements of Wharton, the world’s first black professional footballer. The statue, by acclaimed sculptor Vivien Mallock, stands in the centre of the St. George’s Cross in the memorial garden at the entrance to the FA’s National Football Centre.

Arthur Wharton was born in Ghana in 1865, moved to the UK in 1882 and was signed by Darlington at the age of 19. He had moved to Darlington with the intention of training as a Methodist missionary but opted instead to become a full-time athlete. And during a career that spanned 17 years, he went on to play as a goalkeeper for Preston North End, Rotherham Town, Sheffield United and Stockport County.

Not just skilled with a ball, Wharton was a true all-round athlete. In 1886 he became the Amateur Athletics Association’s national 100-yard running champion – and become the first man to run 100 yards in ten seconds flat.

This, is an athlete.

Arthur Wharton statue dedication

* He was an all-round sportsman – in 1886, he set a then world record of 10 seconds for a 100-yard sprint in the AAA championship. He was also a keen cyclist and cricketer, playing for local teams in Yorkshire and Lancashire. However, Wharton is best remembered for his exploits as a footballer; while he was not the first mixed-race footballer in the United Kingdom — leading amateurs Robert Walker and Scotland international Andrew Watson predate him — he was the first mixed-race footballer to turn professional.

In 2003 Wharton was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in recognition of the impact he made on the game.

* Random Side note * Did you check out this cats lettuce?!!?

ridiculous wig

Read more:

Arthur Wharton: the world’s first black professional footballer – BBC Sport

Arthur Wharton – Wiki

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Video :: Oscar’s Free Kick Goal against Crystal Palace

Filed under: Chelsea, Crystal Palace, EPL News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | English Premier League Highlights, Goals, Highlights

After Willian wins a free kick for Chelsea in the sixth minute, Oscar serves a right footed shot to the top left corner to put the visitors up 1 – nil early, as they look to avenge a late season loss last year that effectively ended their pursuit of a BPL title.

Beautiful set piece. #Oscar

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Watch :: David Beckham’s Extended HAIG CLUB™ Ad

Filed under: Brands, Culture & Lifestyle, David Beckham

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Haig Club Exclusive – Guy Ritchie’s extended cut of David Beckham in the new Haig Club TV ad.

Haig Club will officially launch on October 17th with the release of a global film, ‘Welcome’, featuring David Beckham and shot by director Guy Ritichie. The film weaves together a series of epic journeys made between a group of friends through the Highlands, as they head towards a Scottish estate.

The action culminates in an iconic toasting ritual with Haig Club at it’s heart, showing our group toasting their friendship and camaraderie in front of the Scottish Loch they have been venturing towards, before revealing the same toasting moment across a number of stunning locations across the globe.

The film also features the track ‘Left Hand Free’ from Mercury Music Prize winners Alt-J. Left Hand Free, which also officially launches on 17th October, is a single from the band’s Number One album This Is All Yours.

* This is a fantastic fucking ad. I want in. I want to be at this gathering. I want some of this scotch. We posted about this a couple of weeks ago when we first got wind of the latest offering from Becks, and this commercial only helps in my need for a sip of this medicine.

Guy Ritchie did his thing. The setting looks amazing. The talent in this video is spot on. Becks looks like a million bucks, as always. This looks like a really good time, and I will reiterate it, I’m very intrigued by this bottle. I’m going to get my hands on some of this stuff, and then tell you guys all about it.

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Bob Marley’s Daughter helps save the “Reggae Girlz” – Jamaican National Team

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Jamaica, Music

Bob Marley’s daughter, Cedella, Usain Bolt and Grace Jones helping to crowdsource funds for the Jamaican Reggae Girlz’ 2015 World Cup efforts.

This story makes my heart happy! And the Reggae Girlz are all about business. Jamaica posted a 3-0 win over Martinique in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship (CWC) opener for both on Thursday at Sporting Park in KC.

* Q: How badly do I need this “Strike Hard Reggae Girlz” shirt? A: Very badly.

cedella marley jamaica

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Watch :: Houston Dynamo “2014 Fan Appreciation” Video

Filed under: Fans, Houston Dynamo, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, Supporters

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Relive all of the best fan moments of the 2014 Dynamo season in this cool fan appreciation video they posted on their youtube page.

* If there is one thing that soccer does, and the MLS does, better than any other professional sports league in the United States, and the world really, is show appreciation for their supporters. There is no doubt that the soccer world and community would be a shadow of itself without the support of fans all over the place and Houston is no different. Interesting note, and I’ll plead a little bit of ignorance here, is that Houston is literally in the top three Neilsen rankings of soccer communities in the United States.

I know / knew that their supporters are lowkey underrated, but I didnt think it was like that. Shouts out to everything that is going down in Houston and what the Dynamo have created. Well done!

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Video :: USWNT v. Guatemala Goals – Highlights

Filed under: Guatemala, Highlights, US National Team, us soccer, US Women

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* Now this is more like it after that Trinidad and Tobago debacle.

US WNT 5 – 0 Guatemala : Scoring Summary

USA – Tobin Heath (Sydney Leroux) – 7th minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (Sydney Leroux) – 46
USA – Tobin Heath (Carli Lloyd) – 57
USA – Whitney Engen (Megan Rapinoe) – 58
USA – Megan Rapinoe – 66 *

The U.S. WNT put away Guatemala with a four-goal second half outburst in both teams’ second match of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship.

uswnt v guatemala 2

* Rapinoe’s goal was goal of the night. Man, do I love Megan Rapinoe.

* I’m exaggerating when I say debacle. A win is a win. But that 1 – nil was an ugly win. I’ll take it though.

Bad note though, in the 37th minute, Alex Morgan collided with Guatemala defender Londy Barrios and injured her left ankle. Reports are that she attempted to put pressure on it on the sidelines but was eventually forced to exit the game and replaced by Christen Press in the 42nd minute.

The latest is that she sprained her ankle and will be re-evaluated tomorrow.

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Sigi Schmid talks Klinsmann v. Garber and Sounders v. Galaxy

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Don Garber, Jurgen Klinsmann, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, US National Team, us soccer

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Sigi Schmid speaks to media following training about the team’s latest health updates, his thoughts on Jürgen Klinsmann and Don Garber’s comments, and what he expects from LA on Sunday.

** ISPS Opinion Alert **

I give him a 7.4 on his response to the Garber v. Klinsmann questions. He answers the question and makes some good points, but stays out of the fray. Keeping his head down and focuses on the games ahead but says a little something. I get it.

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Must Watch :: “The Finish Line: Landon Donovan” Episode 1

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Landon Donovan, Legends, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, US National Team, us soccer, World Cup

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In the first episode of the Grantland Features series chronicling the twilight of Landon Donovan’s career, we follow the American legend during his farewell game as a member of the U.S. national team while he discusses the most memorable moments playing for his country.

“Leading up to the World Cup, there was a tiny piece of me that had some trepidation that maybe Jurgen, would do something crazy, and leave me off.” – LD

finish line landon

* From the moment that heard the news that the 30-for-30 team, Hock Films and Roger Bennett would be chronicling the last moments of Landon Donovan’s playing career in their FINISH LINE series, a la FINISH LINE: Steve Nash, we knew that this was going to be something special. This first episode does not disappoint.

Personally, I think in the respective sports, I don’t know if you could pick better choices of guys you would want to follow along on the final goodbye. Steve Nash, Landon Donovan. Both guys that have built a legacy and are secure and content with who they are as players and as people and as citizens, that they will always speak their mind.

What we are seeing in this new era of athletes, with more exposure than ever, is a way to shape their own personal narrative rather than being shaped by the collective media. We want to know what these guys think and how they move and their opinions on things, and having great filmmakers and documentarians following them and basically just lobbing topics to them and letting them stretch their legs is something that I really enjoy seeing.

I want more of this and this series is going to be really good. Follow Grantland everywhere.

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