Mural by JayKaes

James Charlton (1995-2022)

Blog post by Shaun Campbell (3 minute read) Remembering James Charlton On Wednesday 16th February 2022, I attended the funeral at St Augustine’s Church, Darlington, of James Charlton, who passed away aged only 26. James was a pillar of the community, and for one so young, that says a lot! I was also honoured toContinue reading James Charlton (1995-2022)

Clickety Clickety Click

Historic Turnstile Saved The ‘Clickety Clickety Click’ of a turnstile was (and still is) a sound that many football fans around the world have etched in their footballing memories. This unique sound created from the mechanical workings of the turnstile only added to the nervous pre-match suspense. I have many a fond memory of queuingContinue reading Clickety Clickety Click

Sheila Leeson (1931-2021)

Blog post by Shaun Campbell (5 minute read) A day of celebration and remembrance Sheila Leeson (1931-2021). A poignant day today as I head to Rotherham for the funeral of our Patron, Sheila Leeson. Remembrance Day, from this day forward, will have an added significance for us all at the Foundation. I can remember whenContinue reading Sheila Leeson (1931-2021)

Historic day at Anfield

Blog post by Danny Howes (10 minute read) On Thursday 1st September 1892, Liverpool Football Club played their first game at Anfield against Rotherham Town. Lining up in goal that day for Rotherham Town, was none other than Arthur Wharton! Although Rotherham Town were reigning Midland League champions, Liverpool won the friendly match 7-1. MatchContinue reading Historic day at Anfield

Ghana Independence Day 2021

Blog post written by Shaun Campbell (2 minute read) Well, its been quite a week preparing and realising the Ghana Independence Day celebration (6th March) Mural at our Foundation building. For me, and for the ethos of what we do, this is an important day to recognise and to celebrate, as it is through theContinue reading Ghana Independence Day 2021

Arthur Wharton – 23rd February 1895

Blog post written by Danny Howes (5 minute read) Arthur Wharton #1 for Sheffield United Arthur Wharton – Saturday 23rd February 1895, started in goal for Sheffield United against Sunderland AFC. This important Division One game was played at Newcastle Road, Sunderland, in front of an estimated crowd of 6,000. This was league match numberContinue reading Arthur Wharton – 23rd February 1895

Mural Mural on the Wall

Blog Post written by Danny Howes (5 minute read) Can you believe it? Only three months has passed since world famous mural artist Jay Kaes and a crew from BT Sport arrived in Darlington to film the painting of the Arthur ‘Kwame’ Wharton mural. Time has flown by and sadly due to Covid, many peopleContinue reading Mural Mural on the Wall

arthur wharton – MUSIC #1

Blog post by Danny Howes – Saturday 12th December 2020 We have a special treat for you, on what has been a memorable day spent commemorating the 90th Anniversary of Arthur Wharton’s death in 1930. A Musical Film: featuring ‘Arthur Wharton #1’s’ from a number of celebrated people from the music industry, including; Gregory Porter,Continue reading arthur wharton – MUSIC #1

Arthur Wharton – The Home Guard Soldier

During the First World War (WW1), there were many brave and committed individuals who served this country in whatever way they could – Arthur ‘Kwame’ Wharton was no exception to this. Indeed, whilst paving the way for others in football, athletics, and a variety of other sports, Arthur Wharton was also dedicated to serving thisContinue reading Arthur Wharton – The Home Guard Soldier


Oh what a day….oh what a month…. Today is Arthur Wharton’s 155th Birthday anniversary and we celebrated him in style. The culmination of the last 4 weeks work in partnership with BT and BT Sport has produced lasting testament to the late, great Arthur Wharton. Today saw us land the following: 1) a new re-platformedContinue reading ARTHUR WHARTON #1

Shaun Campbell meets Usain Bolt to share Arthur Wharton’s story

Shaun Campbell, who campaigned to raise the profile of the world’s first black professional footballer, has ‘linked’ history with an invitation from Usain Bolt.   Mr Campbell set up the Arthur Wharton Foundation and campaigned to honour Wharton with a 16ft bronze statue at St George’s Park, in Burton-Upon-Trent.   Mr Campbell said the meeting with Bolt, who is widelyContinue reading Shaun Campbell meets Usain Bolt to share Arthur Wharton’s story

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