Support of Viv Anderson was vital, says campaign
The pioneering black footballer and Forest legend Viv Anderson will be recognised this weekend for his long-standing support of our anti-racism campaign.
Viv, who made more than 300 appearances for Forest between 1974 and 1984, is to be inducted into Show Racism the Red Card’s Hall of Fame.
He first backed the Show Racism The Red Card (SRtRC) campaign in 1995, becoming the charity’s second ever patron while Assistant Manager at Middlesbrough FC.
Ged Grebby, SRtRC Chief executive said: “He was instrumental in bringing first team Middlesbrough players like Curtis Fleming and Dean Gordon along to our first ever event held at the club.
“His support was vital, and both players have since gone on to work for us.”
Show Racism The Red Card, an educational charity, uses the high profiles of professional footballers to educate young people across the country on the dangers of racism.
“He’s been a patron for 17-years now and the first ever black player to play for England,” Ged added. “He’s seen as an icon for subsequent generations of black players.”
“Our Hall of Fame was established eight years ago in order to pay tribute to a number of footballers and ex-professionals who give their time free of charge to our campaign.”
In joining the Hall of Fame, Viv will be alongside the likes of Les Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs, Chris Hughton, Leroy Rosenior and many others who have supported the anti-racism message over the years.
Forest ambassador Frank Clark and Show Racism the Red Card’s Chris Bloore will be pitchside at the City Ground on Saturday, November 17 to present Viv with his award.