Raheem Sterling and Danny Rose on the Black List in Football.

Raheem Sterling and Danny Rose on the Black List in Football.
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring his sides third goal of the game

Raheem Sterling and Danny Rose on the Black List in Football.

Raheem Sterling and Danny Rose on the Black List in Football. In the Football Black List, a campaign honouring the most prominent Black people in the British sport, Manchester City and England’s forward Raheem Sterling was called.

For his stand on fighting discrimination in football and for his use of his image and influence to raise awareness of how Black people can be misrepresented in the press, Sterling is on the ‘ Cyrille Regis ‘ list.

Sports journalists Leon Mann and Rodney Hinds founded the Football Black List in 2008 and aims to highlight positive influencers from the sporting black community.

The extensive list of possible candidates was discussed in a forum including the Premier League, the Football Association, the Professional Footballers ‘ Association, League Managers Association, the English Football League, and Kick It Out.

A voting process then determined who made the final list in each of the seven categories, namely: media; administration; coaching and management; business; community; players from Cyrille Regis; and practitioners.

Liverpool Champions League champion Sadio Mane for his charitable activities in Senegalese and Tottenham and England, Danny Rose, are among others, in order to raise awareness of the problems of sports mental health.

There is also an all-female leadership, with the quintet of Birmingham City COO, Lungi Macebo and Sarah Ebanja, CEO of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.

Half of those celebrated are women for the first time in the 11-year history of the list.

Next week will be announced the Ugo Ehiogu class ‘ Ones to Watch ‘ which involves creative and young people under the age of 30.

On the eve of the awards ceremony, sponsored by the Premier League, which takes place in central London on November 21, the Keith Alexander Award winners – for services to the black community and football industry – will be announced.

Mann, the Football Black List’s co-founder, said: “Raheem has made such a huge impression on and off the field in the last year.

“His vital words and actions in confronting issues of racism and how the black community is treated cannot be down played.

“We’re delighted to have another incredible list that will help to inspire the next generation of young black people to get involved in all areas of the game. It’s particularly special this year that half of the list is female.”

Fellow co-founder Rodney Hinds added: “It’s fantastic to see that some 50 per cent of this year’s list is female. It shows the progress that is being made within the game, however slowly.

“Raheem should be congratulated for the positive strides he is making, on and off-field.

“Football needs more like him in terms of taking a consistent stand on important subjects.”

Football Black List in full

Cyrille Regis Players:

Anita Asante

Danny Rose

Eni Aluko

Raheem Sterling

Sadio Mane


Amanda Hudson, Director of Education – WADA

Joanie Evans, Co-President – Federation of Gay Games

Lungi Macebo, Chief Operating Officer – Birmingham City FC

Sarah Ebanja, CEO – Tottenham Hotspur Foundation

Vivienne Aiyela, Non-Executive Director – London FA

Coaching and Management:

Chris Ramsey MBE, Technical Director – Queens Park Rangers

Colin Omogbehin, Under-23 Academy Head Coach – Fulham FC

Coreen Brown, Academy Coach – Arsenal Ladies

Justin Cochrane, Head Coach – England Under-15 Team

Michael Johnson, National Team Manager – Guyana National Team


Dominique Delvaille, Women Brand Director – Nike

Donna Bartley, Senior Associate – Morgan Sports Law

Ellen Chiwenga, Football Match Agent – EC Football Consultancy

GavinLee Ellison, Head of Global Operations – Concave Football

Tobi Alabi, Founder – Heart 4 More Foundation and Football Agent

Community and Grassroots:

Bobby Kasanga, Founder – Hackney Wick FC

Francesca Brown, Founder – Goals4Girls

Iqraa Ismail, Founder – NUR Women’s Football Club

Dr. Mark Prince, Founder – Kiyan Prince Foundation

Nick Bignall, Ambassador – Colour Blindness Awareness


Adrian Kajumba, Football Reporter – Daily Mail

Anne-Marie Batson, Freelance Sports Broadcaster

Clinton Forde, Co-Founder – Rootz TV

Felicia Pennant, Editor – SEASON zine

Joel Beya, Co-Founder – Cheeky Sport


Akil Howson, Assistant Referee – English Football League

Dr. John Iga, Head of Performance Services – Huddersfield Town Football Club

David Rainford, Club Support Manager – Premier League

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