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Charity football stadium challenge making good progress

A group of fans visiting 92 Football League stadiums to raise money for their friend who has Motor Neurone Disease have been tweeting their progress.

Stuart Burns came up with the idea of visiting all the grounds when his brother, a keen football fan, was diagnosed in 2012.

They set off from Rotherham's New York Stadium and are hoping to be back there again in time to see the Millers take on Bristol City on Saturday.

We will keep you updated of their progress throughout the week.

Rotherham plans to remember world's first black professional footballer

Now he paved the way for thousands of black footballers to follow in his boot steps, yet for well over a hundred years the name of Arthur Wharton was largely forgotten even in his home town of Rotherham.

Arthur though, back in 1889, became the world's first black professional footballer when he signed for the Millers.

Today plans were unveiled for a bronze statue to be placed outside Rotherham United's ground to mark the 125th anniversary of that historic signing. Martin Fisher has the story:

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Cyrille Regis: Wharton overcame incredible barriers

A new project is underway to erect a bronze statue outside Rotherham United's New York Stadium in memory of one of football's pioneering players.

Arthur Wharton became the world's first black professional footballer when he signed for the Millers in 1889.

To mark the 125th anniversary they hope to place a statue outside the ground to honour the achievements of goalkeeper Arthur, whose impact on the game until recently has been largely forgotten.

Former England international Cyrille Regis says Wharton overcame incredible barriers:

Rotherham United remember the world's first black professional footballer

He paved the way for thousands of black footballers to follow in his boot steps.

Arthur Wharton Credit: Press Association

But for well over a hundred years, the name of Arthur Wharton, was largely forgotten even in his home town of Rotherham.

Arthur though, back in 1889, became the world's first black professional footballer when he signed for the Millers.

Now there are plans for a bronze statue to be placed outside the ground to honour goalkeeper Arthur and mark the 125th anniversary of that signing.

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Today football legends including Cyrille Regis and Alex Stepney were there to help launch the project.

The statue has been sculpted by renowned artist Graham Ibbeson from Barnsley whose statues of Eric Morecambe, Don Revie and Dickie Bird have become world famous.

As either a goalkeeper or a winger, Wharton, played for Rotherham, Sheffield United, Darlington, Preston North End, Stalybridge Rovers, Ashton North End and Stockport County through his 17 year career.

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Rotherham hint at January arrivals

Rotherham United have hinted that they are expecting to complete some business in the January transfer window.

The South Yorkshire club are doing well in League One and look set to challenge for a play off spot.

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PR: We're trying to add to our numbers. We won't do it for the sake of it so it will only be quality not quantity.

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PR: We're excited about what's in the pipeline but it's no good until it's over the line.

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