Arthur Wharton

Arthur Wharton

Male 1865 - 1930  (Age 65)
Person ID: I11474 | Tree: Wharton One Name Study  |  Last Modified: 9 Apr 2016

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  • Name Arthur Wharton 
    Born 28 Oct 1865 Greater Accra, Ghana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 13 Dec 1930 Edlington, Doncaster, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Edlington, Doncaster, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1 – Address:
    Edlington Cemetery
  • Photos
    Arthur Wharton - First Black Footballer in the UK
  • Event Map

    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 Oct 1865 - Greater Accra, Ghana Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 13 Dec 1930 - Edlington, Doncaster, Yorkshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Edlington, Doncaster, Yorkshire, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes

    • Athlete, English Football Player (aka Soccer). He became the first black professional football player when he joined Rotherham Town in 1889 as a goalkeeper. He also set the world record of 10 seconds for a 100 yard sprint in the Amateur Athletic Association Championship in 1886. Wharton was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2003.
    • Wharton was born in Jamestown, Gold Coast (now Accra, Ghana). His father Henry Wharton was Grenadian, while his mother, Annie Florence Egyriba was a member of the Fante Ghanaian royalty.[4] Wharton moved to England in 1882 at age 19, to train as a Methodist missionary, but soon abandoned this in favour of becoming a full-time athlete.[1]
      He was an all-round sportsman - in 1886, he equaled the amateur world record of 10 seconds for the 100-yard sprint in the AAA championship.[3] 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-heritage footballer in the United Kingdom ? leading amateurs Robert Walker and Scotland international Andrew Watson predate him ? he was the first mixed-heritage footballer to turn professional.[3]

      Having developed a drink problem,[1][10] Wharton retired from football in 1902 and found employment as a colliery haulage worker at the Yorkshire Main Colliery in Edlington. By 1911 he was employed as a collier and living in a rented room in Moorthorpe, West Yorkshire.[11] On his death in 1930 he was buried in an unmarked pauper's grave. The grave was given a headstone in 1997 after a campaign by anti-racism campaigners Football Unites, Racism Divides. In 2003 Wharton was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in recognition of the impact he made on the game. A campaign to have a statue erected in Darlington as well as in Rotherham to acknowledge Wharton's achievements has gained wide support within the professional game.[12][13] In 2012, a small statue of Wharton was presented to Sepp Blatter at the headquarters of FIFA, where it will be on permanent display.[14] On 16 October 2014, a statue honouring Wharton was unveiled at St George's Park National Football Centre.[15] [2]
  • Source Citations

    1. [S260] UK and Ireland, Find A Grave Index, 1300s-Current (S|C) (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2012;)
    2. [S122] Wikipedia (S|C) (https://en.wikipedia.org)