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Blue plaque for pioneer Walter Tull

CELEBRATED: Walter Tull

PIONEERING FOOTBALLER Walter Tull will be celebrated on October 21. As part of the international centenary commemorating the First World War, the Nubian Jak Community Trust in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Professional Footballer’s Association and Haringey Council have organised a Walter Tull Memorial Tribute, which includes a under 16s football tournament bearing his name, an inter-schools WW1 theatre performance, and the unveiling of a blue heritage plaque earlier in the day at the site where Walter Tull lived while playing for Tottenham Hotspur.

When Walter Tull stepped on to the hallowed pitch at White Hart Lane on September 1, 1909 he became the first professional outfield black player to play in England’s premier football division.

Within eight years of making his debut for Tottenham Hotspur he would become the first black British army officer in “the war to end all wars.” Sadly, a year later he would make the ultimate sacrifice for his country. `

The blue plaque tribute is open to the public and will take place at noon on October 21at 77 Northumberland Park, Tottenham, N17 0PG.

It will be unveiled by former Spurs player Garth Crooks in the presence of past and present footballers, members of the public, and media.

Time: 12pm – 1pm (Plaque ceremony), 77 Northumberland Park, Trulock Road, London, N17 0PG
Reception: (1:30pm – 3pm) Free entry to The Bernie Grant Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham
Green, N15 4RX (Food and refreshments available. Matinee performance of WW1 drama 'From Sea to Land
and Sky 2pm – 3:15pm)

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