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Justin Fashanu Cup

About Justin Fashanu

Justin Fashanu was an English footballer, who played for a variety of clubs between 1978 and 1997. His 1981 transfer to Nottingham Forest made him Britain’s first £1m footballer. In 1980, he won the BBC Goal of the Season award, for a very spectacular goal against Liverpool. In 1990 Fashanu encountered hostility after becoming the first prominent footballer to identify himself publicly as gay in an interview with the tabloid press. Many former colleagues spoke out in anger against him, stating that gays had no place in a team sport, and his brother John publicly disowned him. Although he claimed that he was generally well accepted by his fellow players, he freely admitted that they would often joke maliciously about his sexual orientation, and he also became the target of constant crowd abuse because of it.


Fashanu agreed an exclusive with The Sun tabloid to come out as gay. They ran the headline as “£1m Football Star: I AM GAY” on 22 October 1990. A week later, his brother John Fashanu agreed an exclusive with The Voice under the headline “John Fashanu: My Gay Brother is an outcast”. Fashanu was listed at number 99 in the Top 500 Lesbian and Gay Heroes in The Pink Paper (UK), 26 September 1997. A decade after his death, Fashanu was still the only professional footballer in the world to disclose he was gay according to the BBC.


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Current Winners

2019

Sydney Rangers Football Club

(Host: Melbourne)

Past Winners

2018

Sydney Rangers Football Club

(Host: Sydney)

2017

Melbourne Rovers Soccer Club 

(Host: Melbourne)

2016

Melbourne Rovers Soccer Club

(Host: Sydney)

2015

Sydney Rangers Football Club

(Host: Melbourne)

2014

Sydney Rangers Football Club

(Host: Sydney)

2013

Sydney Rangers Football Club

(Host: Melbourne)

2012

Melbourne Rovers Soccer Club

(Host: Sydney)

2011

Sydney Rangers Football Club

(Host: Melbourne)

2010

Melbourne Rovers Soccer Club

(Host: Sydney)

2009

Sydney Rangers Football Club

(Host: Melbourne)