Lianne Sanderson and Eniola Aluko honoured with top award

8 June 2018

Lianne Sanderson and Eniola Aluko honoured with top award

Lianne Sanderson and Eniola Aluko will be honoured at this year's Football Black List Awards

Lianne Sanderson and Eniola Aluko will be honoured by the Football Black List for their stand against discrimination and injustice.

Both will receive the Keith Alexander Award at this year's ceremony. The special awards, named in honour of the late pioneering manager Keith Alexander, are given to individuals for outstanding contributions to the game and community.

The duo head an impressive list of women who have been short-listed in the FBL 2018 Awards, now celebrating its 10th year.

The female nominees are as follows:

Administration - Maria Palmer (Board Member at All For Activity) and Fleur Robinson (Commercial Director of Burton Albion)

Coaching and Management - Hope Powell (Manager of Brighton & Hove Albion)

Commercial - Rachel Yankey OBE (Coach at Elite Academy) and Claudia Wilmot (Operations Director at (Leaders Biz)

Community and Grassroots - Susan Patterson-Smith (Deputy Director of Community Development at Crystal Palace Foundation)

Media - Alex Scott (Presenter for BBC Sport, Sky Sports and IMG)

Players - Eartha Pond, Tottenham Hotspur Women, Grenfell Tower Go Fund Me

Practitioners - Funke Awoderu (Equality Manager at The FA)

The full list of nominees across all seven categories can be found below:


  • Ben Robinson, Owner and Chairman, Burton Albion
  • Lord Herman Ouseley, Chairman, Kick It Out
  • Les Ferdinand, Director of Football, QPR
  • Fleur Robinson, Commercial Director, Burton Albion
  • Maria Palmer, Board Member, English Federation of Disability Sport

Coaching and Management 

  • Chris Hughton, Manager, Brighton and Hove Albion
  • Darren Moore, Manager, West Brom
  • Hope Powell, Manager, Brighton and Hove Albion women
  • Nuno Esposito Santo, Manager, Wolves
  • Gavin Rose, Manager, Dulwich Hamlet FC


  • Rachel Yankey, Owner and Coach, Elite Academy
  • Reece Wabara, CEO and Founder, Maniere De Voir
  • Claudia Wilmot, Operations Director, Leaders
  • Adebayo Akinfenwa, Founder, Beast Mode On
  • Michael Jarman, Director, Panthera Sports

Community and Grassroots

  • Pablo Blackwood, Youth and Communities Officer, QPR in the Community
  • Errol McKellar, Founder, Errol McKellar Foundation
  • Susan Patterson-Smith, Deputy Director of Community Development, Palace For Life Foundation 
  • Ashley Levien, Community Activist, KickOff@3
  • Omari Chambers Alert, Community Development Co-Ordinator, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation


  • Alex Scott, Presenter, BBC and Sky Sports
  • Jordan Jarrett Bryan, Reporter, Channel 4 News
  • Robbie Lyle, Founder and Presenter, Arsenal Fan TV
  • Roger Clarke, Reporter, Sky Sports News
  • Dion Dublin, Presenter and Pundit, BBC Sport 


  • Eartha Pond, Tottenham Hotspur Women, Grenfell Tower Go Fund Me
  • Christian Atsu, Newcastle United, Arms Around the Child
  • Mo Salah, Liverpool, Mo Salah Charity Foundation
  • Yannick Bolasie, Everton, YB3
  • Liam Rosenior, Guardian columnist 


  • Leon McKenzie, Mental Health Advocate, LAPS
  • Funke Awoderu, Equality Manager, The FA
  • Taejan Hutton, Chairman, AFC Wembley
  • Jason Lee, Education and Equalities, PFA
  • Dr Aboul Shaheir, Director of Medical, Everton

This year the Ugo Ehiogu ‘Ones to Watch’ category will identify 30 people in the industry under 30 years of age. This section of the Football Black List will be released later in the year. 

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