A Century Apart
Author: Peter Daniel
Illustrations: Ted Smith-Orr
Design: Camilla Webb
Two stories in verse; the lives of Arthur Wharton 1866- 1930 and Paul Elliott MBE. 1964 to date.
Arthur Wharton is attributed as the first black professional footballer in the English Football League.
How the all-round champion sportsman became the first athlete to run the 100 Yards Dash in 10 seconds. A cycling and cricket champion who became the goalkeeper for the Preston NE ‘Invisibles’. Given a pub and ended as a Miner.
Largely forgotten until Phil Vasily restored his life story and a wonderful Headstone for his neglected grave.
ARTHUR WHARTON: Prince of Goalkeepers
Arthur’s image reflecting through the AAA’s
Trophy showing the shield and colours of
Darlington FC and a banner depicting his football
clubs and other credits, all in a cigarette card,
which were popular with collectors.
In 2003 Paul was awarded an MBE
and for 20 years he has been a leading light
with anti racism campaigns.
Here Paul is depicted as, possibly,
the first Black Super Hero.