Luther Blissett Biography
Luther Blissett joined Show Racism the Red Card's esteemed Hall of Fame in May 2009. Speaking ahead of the pitch-side presention at this former club Watford FC, Ged Grebby, SRtRC Chief Executive said:
"This is an award for Luther to recognise his support for our campaign over many years. He has been a magnificent ambassador for our work and we are very grateful for the backing that he has given us."
Born in Jamaica in 1958, Luther Blissett went on to establish himself as one of the most prolific strikers in the British game.
He joined Watford straight from school in July 1975. Making his debut in the 1975-76 season, he gained a regular place in the side in 1977-78 season as Watford gained promotion to Division Three. His powerful running and superb aerial ability, in addition to a noteworthy contribution of 21 League goals, helped propel Watford to Division Two the following season.
Winning the first of his four England under-21 caps in 1979, Luther Blissett went on to represent England at full international level, winning 14 caps. He became England's first black player to score a hat-trick in his international debut, a 9-0 win over Luxembourg in 1982.
After assisting Watford to Division One and finishing as top scorer in three of his last four seasons, Blissett joined AC Milan in June 1983. Rejoining Watford in August 1984 after 30 appearances in Serie A, he remained at Vicarage Road until November 1987. Making his second return in 1991, Blissett holds records at Watford for 415 league appearances and 158 league goals scored.
Since entering the Hall of Fame, Luther’s involvement in the campaign stepped up even further when he joined the Show Racism the Red Card staff team in September 2009. Luther now works as a football coach and education worker in schools across the East and South East regions.