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Honouring Viv

16 November 2012

Reds legend Viv Anderson will return to The City Ground spotlight tomorrow as his long-standing support of a major anti-racism campaign is recognised.

Viv, who made more than 300 appearances for the club between 1974 and 1984, is to be inducted into Show Racism The Red Card’s Hall of Fame before Forest go head-to-head with another of his former clubs Sheffield Wednesday.

Show Racism The Red Card (SRtRC), an educational charity, uses the high profiles of professional footballers to educate young people across the country on the dangers of racism.

Viv first backed the campaign in 1995, becoming the charity’s second ever patron while Assistant Manager at Middlesbrough FC.

And Ged Grebby, SRtRC Chief executive said: “He’s been a patron for 17-years now and the first ever black player to play for England. He’s seen as an icon for subsequent generations of black players.

“Our Hall of Fame was established eight years ago in order to pay tribute to a number of footballers and ex-professionals who give their time free of charge to our campaign.”

In joining the Hall of Fame, Viv will be alongside the likes of Les Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs, Chris Hughton, Leroy Rosenior and many others who have supported the anti-racism message over the years.

Reds Ambassador Frank Clark and SRtRC’s Chris Bloore will present Viv with his award.

And in light of recent high-profile occurrences of offensive chanting at stadiums around the country, the Club are confident its fans will mark the occasion –and all the personalities involved in the match itself – with respect.

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