Viv Anderson, pioneering black footballer, given award at City Ground
Nottingham Forest legend Viv Anderson has been recognised for his long-standing support of Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC).
Viv, who made more than 300 appearances for Forest between 1974 and 1984, has been into Show Racism the Red Card’s Hall of Fame.
Forest ambassador Frank Clark and Show Racism the Red Card’s Chris Bloore were pitchside at the City Ground on Saturday, November 17 to present Viv with his award.
Viv first backed the 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.”
“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.
Pictured (left to right): SRtRC's Chris Bloore, Nottingham Forest Ambassador Frank Clark and Viv Anderson.