Call for information as blue plaque could honor former Preston North End player Arthur Wharton

Arthur Wharton played for PNE from 1886 to 1888

A call has gone out for information on former Preston North End player Arthur Wharton.


The Preston Historical Society has been approached about the possibility of a blue plaque being placed in the town to honor Wharton.

The Society is now trying to find out where Wharton lived while playing as a goalkeeper for PNE between 1886 and 1888.

Wharton was the world’s first black professional footballer.

He was scouted by Preston North End and joined them as an amateur. He was part of the Invincibles of the 1880s and helped the team reach the FA Cup semi-finals in 1887.

Wharton was also a world record sprinter. On July 3, 1886 at Stamford Bridge, he became the first to run 100 yards in 10 seconds in authentic championship conditions. He shared the fastest man in the world record and retained that title at North End.

He left Preston in 1888 to concentrate on his racing.

A number of books have been written about Wharton, and more information can be found on the Arthur Wharton Foundation website.

Anyone who knows where Wharton lived or has details of his time in Preston should contact

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