COMMUNITY | Black History Month and Show Racism the Red Card Month of Action

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Wed 28 Oct 2020

To celebrate Black History Month, we have, with thanks to club historian Peter Jones, compiled a list of all players from the BAME community to represent Wrexham AFC during its history. It was then a difficult choice to choose which players to write brief pen pictures about, as we could have picked many more to include.

Football is a sport that is followed by all, and should be an enjoyable experience for all, whatever their racial or ethnic background. Show Racism the Red Card is the UK’s leading anti-racism educational charity and the organisation utilises the high-profile status of football and football players to help tackle racism in society. Their campaign delivers educational workshops to young people and adults in schools, workplaces and at events held in stadiums.

The Show Racism the Red Card action weeks form part of the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) 'Football People Action Weeks'.

The Action Weeks aim to unite supporters, clubs, ethnic minorities and communities affected by discrimination, increase public awareness and tackle discrimination in football.

They also challenge discrimination, promote integration values amongst the young and celebrate the input of all individuals that strive to make football a game for all - regardless of who we are, where we are from and what our beliefs are.

https://www.theredcard.org/wales

Peter Baines

Peter Baines was Wrexham’s first black player when he appeared in a war-time fixture in 1943, turning out of 50 times for the Town. Born in Australia, he played for us during the conflict, and then made 6 Football League appearances, scoring 2 goals, when football resumed in 1946. Peter was an inside-forward who also played for Crewe Alexandra, Hartlepools United and New Brighton after leaving Wrexham. Sadly, Peter passed away in 1997 in his native Australia.

Steve Stacey

Steve Stacey was a full back who made 105 league appearances for Wrexham between 1966 and 1969. He was the first footballer of African American heritage to play professional football in the UK and was certainly a pioneer for black players in this country, also playing for Ipswich Town, Charlton Athletic and Bristol City before heading off to continue his career in Australia.

Joe Cooke

Joe Cooke was a central defender who joined Wrexham in 1986 from Rochdale, playing in a total of 51 league games and scoring 4 goals. Hailing from Dominica in the West Indies, he captained the team in both legs of the European Cup Winners' Cup tie against Real Zaragoza in 1986, wheen Wrexham lost on the away goals rule following a 2-2 draw at The Racecourse, after a goalless draw in Zaragoza.

Carlos Edwards

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Carlos Edwards was born in Trinidad and Tobago, signing for Wrexham in 2000 and going on to make 166 league appearances for Wrexham. He played as both a right winger and wing back, later playing in the Premier League for Sunderland and being capped by his country 92 times, including representing them in the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. 

Dennis Lawrence

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Dennis Lawrence made nearly 200 league appearances for Wrexham again hailing from Trinidad and Tobago. Big Den was a 6ft 8in central defender who was an extremely popular figure during his five seasons at The Racecourse before signing for Swansea City in 2006. He gained a total of 89 caps for Trinidad and Tobago, representing them at the 2006 World Cup, having scored the vital deciding goal in a play-off with Bahrain, which sealed their place in teh finals.

Manny Smith

Manny Smith

Manny Smith signed for Wrexham in 2014 as a central defender after impressing on trial. He played in every minute of Wrexham's 61 league and cup games (with 1 goal) during his first season, where his performances earned him the club's Player of the Season award. Manny stayed for two years initially, only to return to the Club in 2017 making a further 53 league appearances before a knee injury forced him to retire in 2020.

Neil Taylor

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Neil Taylor played 75 league games for Wrexham between 2005-10 before signing for Swansea City representing them many times in the Premier League. Neil has represented Wales 43 times scoring against Russia in the European Championships in 2016 as well as Great Britain in the 2012 Olympic games held in London. Neil’s mother was born in India, making him one of the very few British Asians currently playing professional football.

Full list

Dele Adebola

2012-13

Kemy Agustein

2019

Iffy Allen

2016-17

Robert Alleyne

1987-88

Marvin Andrews

2010-11

Obi Anoruo

2009-12

Joe Anyinsah

2013-14

Chris Armstrong

1988-91 & 2003-05

Mansour Assoumani

2009-10

Theo Bailey-Jones

2013-15

Khaleem Bailey-Nicholls

2016-17

Peter Baines

1943-46

Michael Bakare

2016-17

Jazzi Barnum-Bobb

2019-20

Hamza Bencherif

2016-17

Michael Blackwood

2000-02

Emad Bouanane

2000-01

Aaron Brown

2010

Nat Brown

2008-09

Simon Brown

2008-09

Michael Chambers

2019-20

John Coffi

2015-16

Joe Cooke

1986-88

Carlos Edwards

2000-05

Paul Edwards

2002-04

David Esdaille

1992-93

Mike Fondop-Talom

2018-19

Jamal Fyfield

2015-16

Christian Gyan

2009-10

Paul Hall

2008

Reece Hall-Johnson

2020-

JJ Hooper

2019-20

James Hurst

2017-18

Clayton Ince

1997-98

Kayden Jackson

2015-16

Jason Jarrett

1999-00

Shwan Jawal

2016-17

Anthony Jeffrey

2020-

Josh Johnson

2006-08

Kevin Keelan

1961-63

Nat Knight-Percival

2010-12

Dennis Lawrence

2001-06

Joel Logan

2015

Jefferson Louis

2008-09

Jermaine McGlashan

2019

Leighton McIntosh

2019-20

Izzy McLeod

2017

Ntumba Massanka

2017-18

Jos Mayebi

2010-14

Adriano Moke

2015-16

Maheta Molango

2006

Ed Moss

2009-10

Louis Moss

2010-2012

Ntame N'Tame

2013

Nortei Nortey

2016-17

Curtis Obeng

2010-12

George Oghani

1987

Armand One

2003

Omari Patrick

2019

Mathias Pogba

2010-12

Andy Preece

1990-91

Rekeil Pyke

2016 & 2018-19

Jamie Reckord

2020-

Devonte Redmond

2019-

Alex Reid

2017

Tyler Reid

2019

Lamine Sakho

2009-10

Hector Sam

2000-05

Cherno Samba

2007

Frank Sinclair

2009-11

Christian Smith

2008-09

Manny Smith

2014-16 & 2017-20

Adam Smith

2015-16

Silvio Spann

2007-10

Jake Speight

2011-12

Steve Stacey

1966-68

Mickey Sturridge

1983

Patrick Suffo

2008-09

Ferdinand Takyi

2017-18

Neil Taylor

2005-10

Kwame Thomas

2020-

Jordon Thompson

2020

Curtis Tilt

2016-17

Theo Vassell

2020-

Javan Vidal

2015-16

Dominic Vose

2015-16

Chris Westwood

2011-13

Jim Whitley

2001-06

Jeff Whitley

1999, 2007, 2008

Everton Williams

1973-76

Akil Wright

2017-20

Adi Yussuf

2020-

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