John Anderson

Former Newcastle United full-back John Anderson is to join Sir Bobby Robson, Shaka Hislop and John Beresford in Show Racism the Red Card's Hall of Fame.

Anderson will receive his award on the pitch during half-time of Sunday's season finale against his former club West Bromwich Albion, and it will be presented to him by two other former Magpies stars, Peter Beardsley and Olivier Bernard.

The North East-based anti-racism education charity honours former professional football players who have worked with the campaign to help tackle racism in society.

The list includes: Shaka Hislop, Sir Bobby Robson, Ian Wright, John Barnes, Gary Lineker, Brendon Batson, Chris Kamara, Chris Powell, Robbie Earle, Charlie Hardwick, Gavin Peacock, Craig Brown, Dave Bassett, Chris Hughton, Warren Barton, David Wetherall, Graham Taylor, Gary Bennett, Rio Ferdinand, Thierry Henry, Earl Barrett, David Kelly, Ryan Giggs, Les Ferdinand, Curtis Fleming, John Beresford, Shola Ameobi, and Kieron Dyer.

Former Republic of Ireland International Anderson, who played for Newcastle United throughout the 1980s and in the early 90s, has worked with Show Racism the Red Card in delivering anti-racism education in the North East's schools for many years.

Show Racism the Red Card chief executive, Ged Grebby, said: "Professional football players are seen as role models and young people really listen to what they have to say.

"John's commitment to the campaign is something that we would like to formally recognise and what better place to do it than on the pitch at St James' Park where John played for so many years."

The charity works throughout the North East, and last year delivered anti-racism workshops to more than 13,000 youngsters throughout the region. The North East education team consists of four full time staff members and six former professional football players who visit schools and organise events in football clubs.

Anderson said: "The guys at Show Racism the Red Card are a great team to work with and we do loads of work with kids up and down the North East. It really is an honour to receive this award from them."