Viv Anderson never saw himself as ‘trailblazer’ for black footballers | Football News |

Viv Anderson never saw himself as 'trailblazer' for black footballers | Football News |

Viv Anderson never saw himself as 'trailblazer' for black footballers | Football News |

Viv Anderson was the first black player to be called up by England 40 years ago

Viv Anderson never saw himself as a “trailblazer” when he became the first black player to earn a full senior England international cap 40 years ago.

A telegram from the Queen, and another from Elton John, were both sent to the then 22-year-old Nottingham Forest defender to mark the occasion on November 29, 1978.

But four decades on, Anderson feels football still has a long way to go to help BAME (Black, Asian, and minority ethnic) coaches get over “the next hurdle”.

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