Rashford makes the list of Britain’s most influential black footballers

It takes a great deal of love, selflessness, a human-driven mentality, and sacrifice to be someone like Marcus Rashford. The Manchester United’s golden boy’s unflinching care and passion to be a soothing balm for the little ones in the United Kingdom haven’t gone unnoticed, his charitable heart of gold is spreading like a Wildfires and it’s unconcealable. 

The Manchester United striker has been highly noticed and appreciated for his act of humanity and this has earned the 23-year-old an enormous appraisal for his off-field works around food poverty among children.

The annual Football Black event was enshrined to eulogize and recognize the efforts of black athletes investing their efforts and talents in various aspects of the beautiful game in The United Kingdom.

Marcus isn’t the only one being recognized, Alex Scot, a presenter of “Football focus” and Former Arsenal and England full-back is also enlisted on the media list. The 37-year-old former England international took the baton of show host from Dan Walker in May and became the first permanent female host in the sports program’s 46-year history.

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This recognizable accolade of “Black List” was launched and first published in 2008 to notice and highlight black industry professionals who are positively influencing the game and by extension posing as motivating figures for the younger and upcoming black athletes that, their dreams can be achieved.

The awards are in seven categories. It’s mostly finalized by a group of experts that serve as a panel with representatives from the Premier League, Associations of Professional Footballers, EFL, Anti-Racism group Kick it out, Associations and League Managers.

“Black excellence in football is regularly talked about on the pitch – and we want to help highlight the contribution of black leaders off the field in the sport too,” said Leon Mann, co-founder of the Football Black List.

These names of influential game-changers are a big picture echoing the imprint and unreserved contributions of black communities who are making an indelible impression in the football world.

The enlisted figures graciously joined the illustrious athletes and legends who had featured on the list over the past decade – including the likes of Hope Powell, Ian Wright, Rio Ferdinand, Herman Ouseley, Rachel Yankey, and Raheem Sterling.

Marcus Rashford is among the player’s list Joined by 36-year-old Aston Villa defender, Anita Asante, Ivan Toney of newly Promoted Brentford, Cyrus Christie (Fulham), and Arsenal striker, Nikita Parris.

 Nuno Espirito Santo, Spurs boss is among the list of coaching and management segments listed by Sheffield Wednesday’s Darren Moore.




Marcus Rashford, Manchester United, and England

Ivan Toney, Brentford

Nikita Parris, Arsenal Women, and England

Anita Asante, Aston Villa Women

Cyrus Christie, Fulham


Paul Monekosso Cleal, equality advisor, Premier League

Dayne Matthieu, head of safeguarding and welfare, Tottenham Hotspur

Fleur Robinson, chief executive, Wrexham

Steve Smithies, chief executive, Cheshire FA

Sarah Ebanja, chief executive, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation


Nuno Espirito Santo, former manager, Tottenham Hotspur

Darren Moore, manager, Sheffield Wednesday

Justin Cochrane, head of player development, Manchester United.

William Boye, chairman and manager, Ashford Town Women and Girls’ FC

Paul Hall, Under-23 head coach, QPR; assistant manager, Jamaica


Javan Odegah, strategic account executive, Leaders in Sport

Claudia Wilmot, operations director, Leaders in Sport

Remmie Williams, commercial manager, the FA

Simbi Sonuga, senior account manager, Octagon

Gus Hurdle, executive producer, EA Sports


Jawahir Roble, football coach, and referee, Jason Roberts Foundation

Aneequa Prescod-Wright, coach, Hackney Laces FC

Andrew Laylor, school partnership officer – Manchester United Foundation

Patsy Andrews, grassroots referee, the FA

Billy Grant, England fan/podcast/blogger, Beesotted


Amy Allard-Dunbar, youth panel education officer, Football v Homophobia


Alex Scott, presenter, Football Focus

Ade Oladipo, presenter, DAZN/talkSPORT/Sky Sports

Helen Campbell, multi-camera director, Premier League Productions

Andrew Spence, series producer, Unedited

Fadumo Olowo, social media sports editor, The Telegraph


Drew Christie, chair, BCOMS

Daniel Mills, educator, Show Racism the Red Card

Aji Ajibola, referee, FA Council

Liz Ward, director of programs, Stonewall FC

Jackie Ferdinand, director of safeguarding & inclusion, West Ham United