Football Black List names award after Ugo Ehiogu in tribute to late star

Ugo Ehiogu's contribution to the game as an "excellent role model" will be acknowledged at the Football Black List celebration evening in London on Wednesday.

The former Middlesbrough and England defender died in April after suffering a heart attack at Tottenham's training centre, where he was the club's Under-23 coach.

Only 44, Ehiogu's death was a huge shock to his many friends in football and came only a few weeks after he was given a One to Watch prize at the last Football Black List event in March

As a tribute, the One to Watch category will now be named after him and his family will be present at the celebration to hand out awards.

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Set up in 2009 and supported by the Premier League, the Football Black List honours the contributions of people from African and Caribbean backgrounds, a group still under-represented away from the pitch.

While more than one in four professional players in the UK are black, there are just four black managers across England's 92 clubs, none in Scotland and no chairmen nor chief executives.

The award categories include administration, coaching and management, and media, and Bournemouth's Jermain Defoe, Arsenal star Alex Scott and Rochdale's Joe Thompson are among the players being recognised on Wednesday.