Anwar Uddin, a former Education Worker for Show Racism the Red Card was recently named as Manager of National League side Aldershot Town. During a career which began at West Ham United in 2001 and concluded with a season at Eastbourne Borough from 2012 to 2013, Anwar notably represented several Football League clubs including Dagenham & Redbridge and Barnet. He was the first person of Bangladeshi origin to play professional football in England, and, while at Dagenham & Redbridge, became the first British Asian to captain a football club in the top four divisions of English football.
Show Racism the Red Card caught up with Anwar this week as he shared his thoughts on his exciting new role at Aldershot Town and his career in general....
'I was delighted to be given the opportunity to become Assistant Manager of a great club like Aldershot Town. To be able to compete in the National league, the 5th tier of English football and play against the likes Notts County, Wrexham and Stockport each week is something I am thoroughly enjoying.
I was very fortunate to have a 17 year playing career representing teams from the Premier League all the way down to non-league and had some amazing experiences. Having done so being one the very few British Asians in the game was something I am very proud of. It is vital that the Asian community has role models that exist so that the next generation can look to as examples. I was one as a player and thrilled that I can continue to do so as a young coach / manager.
Football has been great to me along with many obvious difficulties I have always had support from organisations like Show Racism the Red Card throughout my career. The campaign even gave me the opportunity to deliver anti-racism works shops once I retired which led to a career on the periphery of the game which is something I am passionate about. I lead on the Fans for Diversity Campaign for the Football Supporters Association and for Kick it Out. It's all about working with football fans to make football as inclusive as possible. I am a very busy man, but football is my life and there is still lots that needs to be done so, I am prepared to put the effort in with the hope of positive change'
Anwar ended by saying;
'I would encourage everyone to who is interested in a career in football to give it their best shot. As a coach I have worked my way up from the very bottom after retirement and as long as you are prepared to work hard and deal with failure, opportunities will arise. I am looking forward to completing my A-licence and cherish the opportunity I have at Aldershot Town and would like to help anyone who wants to work in any aspect of the game'
Show Racism the Red Card thank Anwar Uddin for agreeing to be interviewed and wish Aldershot Town FC all the very best this season.