Anwar Uddin will become the first ex-British South Asian player in FA Council history, according to Sky Sports News.
The Football Association announced seven FA Council positions last month, with former pioneer footballer Uddin set to become one of the new council members after the completion of an interview process. This unexpected development will give fans of South Asian descent a huge boost, three days after the start of South Asian Heritage Month.
East Londoner Uddin, whose father is from Sylhet, Bangladesh, will bring to the Board a wealth of experience on and off the pitch, having risen through the ranks at West Ham and leading the club at the Under-18 level during of their famous FA Youth Cup victory. campaign in 1999.
The 39-year-old went on to play for the Bristol Rovers, becoming the first Briton-Bangladeshi to play professionally in English football, before joining Dagenham & Redbridge in 2004 where he made more than 200 appearances in six seasons.
Uddin became the first British South Asian to captain a league team during his time with Dagenham & Redbridge, and also became the first British South Asian to lift a trophy under the arch of Wembley Stadium when the Daggers landed a promotion to Ligue 1 with a 3–2 victory over Rotherham in the 2010 League Two play-off final.
The former center-back reunited with former boss John Still at Barnet that summer, before becoming interim deputy manager to Giuliano Grazioli when Still left, making him the South Asian community’s premier league coach. from Great Britain.
Uddin has had stints in non-League Sutton United and Eastbourne Borough, and led non-League Sporting Bengal United and Ware after hanging up his boots. Danny Searle’s assistant manager at Aldershot, conference side, Uddin is the oldest British coach in South Asia currently employed in English football.
He combines his involvement in football with his role as campaign manager for the Football Supporters’ Association’s Fans for Diversity campaign, promoting the diversity and inclusion of football. Uddin has helped create over 150 diverse fan groups across the country, including over 50 for LGBT + fans and allies.
Former defender Uddin has also worked extensively with the charity Show Racism the Red Card, Kick It Out and the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA).
At the beginning of last month, the FA appointed Debbie Hewitt as the new president of the governing body of English football.
Hewitt, who Sky Sports News reported in April had agreed to take the role in principle, is set to become the first woman to lead the organization in its 157-year history after receiving a unanimous nomination from the FA’s board of directors. She begins the new role in January 2022.
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