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The little-known story of the first professional black footballer to play in England over 100 years ago only to become a poor minner has emerged.<br />
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Arthur Wharton was a teenage immigrant from the Gold Coast - Ghana - who came from a wealthy family and was sent to the UK for a Christian education.<br />
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While here he developed into an incredibly talented athlete and excelled at running, football and cricket.<br />
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After winning the AAA national championships for the 100 yard sprint, Arthur went on to become an accomplished goalkeeper.<br />
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In 1888 he signed professional terms with Preston North End who played in the old Division One, what is now the Premier League.