Dr Luther Blissett: Sporting Memories Patron

Luther is a former professional footballer and coach who played for the England national team during the early 1980s. He was the first black footballer to score in the England shirt and scored a hat-trick on that debut. 

Luther Blissett

Born in Jamaica, Luther is the winner of 2 Golden Boots. He is perhaps is best known for his time at Watford FC under Graham Taylor OBE, whom he helped win promotion from the Fourth to the First Division. During his incredible career, Luther also became at one point the highest goalscorer in Europe.

Luther went on to play for A.C. Milan then AFC Bournemouth, before returning to Watford. He joined Graham Taylor as a coach, taking the team to the Premier League for the first time. 

Luther is a long-time campaigner for people living with dementia and in 2021 was  given the freedom of the borough of Watford in recognition of his charity work and fight against racism.

He has since received an honorary doctorate from the University of Hertfordshire, in recognition of his playing career, community work, and work to educate about and stop discrimination and abuse.