This evening we welcome the supporters, officials and players of Sheffield Wednesday to the Abbey Stadium. Sheffield Wednesday is a club stepped in history having been formed in 1867 and being one of the oldest clubs in the world. Their early Chairman Charles Clegg had a huge impact and influence in the early years of football throughout his time over 51 years on the Football Association where he was known as "the great old man of football" He was knighted in 1927 for ‘services to the Board of Trade and the Ministry of Labour’. This could have been for work with local youth and employment committees. His influence and religious views had a great influence on the club. Some people believe that the Owls during his time were the moral club of the period. Charles was a strict teetotaller and non-smoker. He also had a deep religious conviction. His favourite quote was "nobody ever gets lost on a straight road". He was known to frown on those who drank before matches and also disliked gambling. He feared that professionalism would be a corrupting influence on the game and fought a long losing battle against it throughout his administrative career.
October is Black History Month. Earlier this year the Cambridge United family sadly lost Attu Mensah who was the clubs’ first black player, He was soon followed by university student Alva Anderson. However, it was Dennis Walker who captained the side when it won the Southern League who most supporters will remember. He was also the first black player to turn out for Manchester United. He made over 200 appearances for Cambridge United.
It is Brendon Batson who made probably the most difference during his career in football. Following the end to his playing days, Batson was appointed as the deputy chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association in 1984. This month the EFL did a feature about his career and it can be seen here https://www.efl.com/news/2021/october/black-history-month-brendon-batson/
The club has this month reiterated its commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion through a statement which can be read on their website Although there has been a lot of work done in the past the Board last year recognised that we needed to do more to prioritise this right across the Club. We did so by recognising that diversity of thought and approach makes us stronger and at the same time wanting to be a Club that everyone feels is for them and where everyone feels welcome regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation.
There will always be more to do and everyone is committed to trying to take positive steps forward. This is a continuous journey however below are some of the steps that have been taken across the Club over the last twelve months:
· Establishing a Board Sub Group
· Improving club practices
· Signing up to the FA Diversity Code
· Taking part in the PL and EFL Player to Coach Scheme
· Targeting Under Represented Fan Groups
· Deepening Community Work Through the Trust
This is a team effort right across the Club - Board, staff, players at every level. To ensure it develops in the future and it becomes a cornerstone that the club is based on forever. It is also down to every supporter to show their commitment in making football a safe, welcoming and enjoyable place for everyone
Please look after yourself and enjoy following the team home and away this season.
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