Ghanaian's should be in jubilation, because in black football, we were able to produce the first black professional player in history. This is a sign of hope for our dying football. Arthur Wharton (28 October 1865 – 12 December 1930) is widely considered to be the first black professional player in the world. Though not the first black player outright, the amateurs Robert Walker ofQueen'sPark,and Scotland international player, Andrew Watson predate him, Wharton was the first black professional and the first to play in the Football league. Arthur Wharton was born in Jamestown, Gold Coast(Ghana) he died at age 65 his position is Goalkeeper/Winger.
Wharton was born in Ghana. His father Henry Wharton was Grenadian, while his mother, Annie Florence Egyriba was a member of the Dante Ghanaian royalty. 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. He was an all-round sportsman in 1886, he equalled the amateur world record of 10 seconds for the 100-yard sprint in the AAA championship. He was also a keen cyclist and cricketer playing for local teams in Yorkshire. 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.
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