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Black History Month 2020

English football owes so much to the Black players who have graced its pitches. In a year when the problems still facing Britain's Black communities have been made more apparent than ever, Punjabi Rams wanted to celebrate 100 years of contributions by black players to our beloved Derby County.

We asked members to share the players who stick out for them as having excelled in a Derby shirt, and helped make the history of our club so rich.

Over 100 years ago the first ever Black footballer donned the famous Derby County Football Club shirt. This honour went to Egyptian born, Tewfik Abdullah who made his debut for the Rams on 9 October 1920 in a 3-0 home win against Manchester City, scoring the opening goal.

Since Tewfik the Rams have had many Black players who excited the crowds. Darryl Powell, Dean Sturridge, Paolo Wanchope and Deon Burton in that iconic black and white Puma shirt in the 1998/99 season, when we finished 8th in the Premier League and got to the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Or a 19-year-old Giles Barnes pulling the ball down from the sky just outside the box at the Stadium of Light, holding off one before spinning past another and putting the ball into the bottom corner.

Michael Johnson, Darren Moore and Ian Taylor leading our team out at Pride Park.

Or Fikayo Tomori, charging back down the pitch and diving into a perfectly-timed tackle to win back possession.

What follows is the players our members felt especially worthy of celebration this Black History Month.

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