Last night the FA hosted the third annual Black List awards at Wembley Stadium. Sec-Tech UK had the privilege of being responsible for the security and movement of the statue of Arthur Wharton but had been sworn to secrecy until last night’s event because the FA and the Arthur Wharton Foundation wished to make a joint announcement that they had financed the commission of a full size statue of Arthur in honour and memory of the first black professional footballer in England who played for Darlington in the 1880s

The night was very well attended with a virtual who’s who of professional players old and new including names such as founders of the black list Leon Mann and Rodney Hinds as well as players past and present such as Luther Blisset and Paul Canoville. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Radio One DJ weekend breakfast show presenter Spoony.

This isn’t the first time that we have been involved with this project and we fully support the aims and objectives of both the Arthur Wharton Foundation and the Black List organisers who are determined to recognise and support those off the pitch as well as on the pitch. We regard it an honour to be involved in assisting the Arthur Wharton Foundation and congratulate the driving force behind the foundation, Shaun Campbell on having raised the profile of England’s first black footballer to such a high profile which is rightly and justly deserved. Congratulations Shaun!

Finally, as a Newcastle boy myself I would like to congratulate Chris Hughton on winning the coaching and management award which was collected on his behalf by his daughter. Well done Chris, I couldn’t think of a more worthy winner!

Find out more about the Arthur Wharton Foundation at