Howard Gayle on Racism in Football and turning down an MBE

Howard Gayle is an English, ex-professional footballer who has played for many top English teams . He began his career in 1977 with Liverpool FC and was notably the team’s first ever black player. During his time at Anfield, he was loaned to both Fulham and Newcastle United, after this he joined Birmingham City in search of first team football. Later in his career he played for Sunderland, Stoke City, Blackburn Rovers, and Halifax town.

From a very young age Howard had to face racism, so throughout his career and up to this day he works to tackle racism in football, working with football’s anti-racism organisation: ‘Show racism the red card’. In August 2016 he was nominated for an MBE for his work against racism in football, which he famously turned down, he explains his reasons for this in the interview.