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Justin Fashanu inducted into Hall of Fame

19 February 2020

Former Norwich City footballer Justin Fashanu has been inducted into the National Football Museum's Hall of Fame.

Fashanu was England’s first and only openly gay professional footballer. Today - Wednesday, February 19 - would have been his 59th birthday.

In his three years at Norwich, Fashanu scored 40 goals in 103 appearances, including a stunning goal against Liverpool in 1980 - later voted the BBC Goal of the Season.

Fashanu’s niece Amal Fashanu, herself a high-profile campaigner against homophobia in sport and founder of 'The Justin Campaign', will receive the award on his behalf at the museum in Manchester during LGBT History Month. After Martin Peters, Justin becomes only the second ever Norwich City player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Fashanu played for a number of clubs, including Norwich City, during a lengthy 20-year professional football career but was perhaps best known for his courageous decision to come out publicly in a tabloid interview with The Sun in October 1990. In the three decades since, there has yet to be another professional footballer to follow suit.

He was also the first black footballer to command a £1million transfer fee with his move from City to Nottingham Forest in 1981, before continuing on to play for a total of 22 clubs in England, North America, Scotland and New Zealand.

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