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Viv Anderson did not single-handedly banish racism from the game of football, but he did advance the cause of enlightenment by becoming the first black player to win a full England cap. No tokenism: Anderson was a cultured, over-lapping full back with genuine pace and an ease on the ball not normally associated with English defenders. His best club football came early in his career at Nottingham Forest where, under Brian Clough's tutelage, he became an integral member of their first division and European cup winning teams. His reputation was enhanced further at Arsenal, but faded after a later move to Manchester United where injuries hampered his spell in the mid-1980's.

Anderson's legacy as a pioneer of black footballers is not something that can ever be taken away from him. Through his skill, courage and dignity he helped turn the volume down on the bigots. And for that alone, he deserves considerable respect.

Born: 29 August 1956 - Nottingham

Clubs: Nottingham Forest, Arsenal, Manchester United, Sheffield Wednesday & Barnsley.

Appearances: 574 - Goals: 31

Caps: 30 - Goals: 2

Honours: LT 1979. LC 1978, 1979, 1987. EC 1980.

* Before his first cap against Czechoslovakia in 1979 Anderson was sent a bullet in the post, the accompanying note claimed the next one was for him - if he played.

* Anderson was Sir Alex Ferguson's first signing at Man Utd.

* Anderson remained a professional for 23 years and was awarded an MBE in 2000.

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African WC haha
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Nice post Judge :thumbsup:
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