Rabbi Howell played for Sheffield United and Liverpool

icon japanball20 November ~ Rabbi Howell, the first Romani professional footballer and international, will get a headstone today after a successful campaign. Howell was a key player at Sheffield United when they won the First Division championship in 1898, before moving to Liverpool and playing an important role in the creation of their first title-winning team in 1901.

When he broke his leg at the age of 36, Howell had been at English football’s top level for 13 years. Born in a gypsy encampment in Dore, now part of Sheffield, Howell died in Preston in 1937 and was the subject of a book, The Evergreen In Red And White, which we reviewed last year. The new headstone will be unveiled at a ceremony in Preston Old Cemetery today at 2pm.

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