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Garth, Les and Chris on KIO's 'Black List'

Posted on 27 September 2008  - 12:00

Lane legends Garth Crooks and Les Ferdinand, along with Assistant Academy Manager Chris Ramsey, were honoured by Kick It Out as part of its 'Black List' ceremony at the House of Lords this week.

Garth, Les and Chris on KIO's 'Black List'

Lane legends Garth Crooks and Les Ferdinand, along with Assistant Academy Manager Chris Ramsey, were honoured by Kick It Out as part of its 'Black List' ceremony at the House of Lords this week.

The 'Black List' was compiled by football's equality and inclusion campaign, Kick It Out, to honour the leading figures in the game from the black community.

Strikers Garth and Les scored over 100 goals in over 300 appearances in their combined careers at the Lane and are both now high-profile television football pundits, whilst Chris is a key member of the Tottenham Hotspur Academy.

The list combines names like John Barnes and Paul Ince with less well known but big hitters such as Millwall Executive Chairman Heather Rabbatts, and Bobby Barnes from the PFA.

The group of individuals were honoured at a special ceremony at the House of Lords on Wednesday. Speakers included Kick It Out founder, Lord Herman Ouseley.

The FA Chairman Lord Triesman closed proceedings, by saying: "We all need to look at the parts of the system that discourage involvement in the game and address them. To be the nation's favorite game and the most participated in, we need to garner trust from all communities."

The Black List event comes ahead of Kick It Out's annual ‘One Game, One Community' week of action next month, which will see over 1000 activities taking place across professional football through to grassroots, education and community sectors. The week will aim to address social exclusion as well as celebrating diversity through football.