Along with Darren Moore, Liam Rosenior, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and other prominent Black characters in English football, the Burnley partnership is included in this list.

Eight categories make up the Football Black List: players, LGBTQ+, media, practitioners, community, coaching and management, commercial, and administration.

Additionally, there is the Ugo Ehiogu’s Ones To Watch list, which honors young, gifted individuals in the field under 30.
Kompany, one of just two black managers in the top division of England at the moment, is included in the coaching and management section with players like Hope Powell, Darren Moore, and Liam Rosenior.

Foster is named in addition to women’s players Nikita Parris and Jess Carter, as well as Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Leon Mann MBE, co-founder of the Football Black List, stated, “The Football Black List this year serves as a reminder of the positive contribution those of African and Caribbean heritage are making to the game both on and off the pitch.”

“However, we still face significant issues of under-representation that require urgent attention.”According to the Black Footballers Partnership, 43% of players in the Premier League are African American. However, diversity remains a problem in every other aspect of football, from the dugouts to the boardroom.

Burnley duo feature in list of most influential black figures in English  football alongside Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liam Rosenior and Darren Moore

“To help address this, it is imperative that we shed light on the role models paving the way for the upcoming generation to enter the sport.”

The Cyrille Regis awards are given to match officials Sam Allison and Akil Howson in recognition of their accomplishments in being the first black officials in the Premier League since Uriah Rennie in 2008.

Yaya Toure, Kompany’s former Man City colleague, has been handed the Keith Alexander Award, which is presented to someone who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the game and the black community.

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