On This Day: Lucas Radebe wins PFA Award

Exactly 10 years ago today South African legend Lucas Radebe won the PFA Special Merit Award.

On this day in 2010, South Africa legend Lucas Radebe was presented with the PFA Special Merit Award for his contribution to football.

The Professionals Footballers Association Merit Award is an award given by the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) for meritorious service to football. The award was first given in 1974 and was won (jointly) by Bobby Charlton and Cliff Lloyd.

Lucas Radebe spent 11 years at Leeds United and established himself as a legend and fan favourite having joined from Kaizer Chiefs in 1994.

“The Chief” as he was fondly called during his days at Elland Road, has made over 200 appearances for Leeds United and captained them to a third place finish in the Premier League during the 1999-00 season. Leeds United went on to reach the UEFA Champions League semi-finals the following year before losing to Valencia.

Radebe had a suite named after him at Elland Road’s West Stand.

His contribution to football in England will always be remembered, as he became the first black player from South Africa to captain a Premier League side.