Anwar Uddin

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Anwar Uddin
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Uddin in April 2007
Personal information
Full name Anwar Uddin[1]
Date of birth (1981-11-01) 1 November 1981 (age 32)[1]
Place of birth Stepney, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Youth career
000?–2001 West Ham United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 West Ham United 0 (0)
2002 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (0)
2002–2004 Bristol Rovers 19 (1)
2003–2004 Hereford United (loan) 9 (2)
2004 Telford United (loan) 6 (0)
2004–2010 Dagenham & Redbridge 187 (6)
2009 Grays Athletic (loan) 11 (1)
2010–2012 Barnet 39 (1)
2012 Sutton United 10 (0)
2012–2013 Eastbourne Borough 29 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:40, 27 April 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Anwar Uddin (Bengali: আনোয়ার উদ্দিন; born 1 November 1981) is an English footballer and coach. Uddin who plays as a defender last played for Eastbourne Borough. He is a coach for the West Ham United Academy.

Early life[edit]

Uddin was born and brought up in Stepney, London to a Bangladeshi father and an English mother. He attended Raine's Foundation School in Bethnal Green.[2] His father came to the United Kingdom in the 1960s.[3]

He was the first person of Bangladeshi origin to play professional football in England,[4][5] and the first British Asian to captain a football club in the top four divisions of English football.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Uddin began his football career at West Ham United, working his way up through their youth and reserve teams where he was captain. He was in West Ham's victorious 1999 FA Youth Cup winning squad that defeated Coventry City.[6] Although highly regarded, as a bright talented traditional English defender, he was never able to break through into the first team and in February 2002 moved to Sheffield Wednesday on a free transfer.[7]

His stay was brief as after the collapse of ITV Digital, Sheffield Wednesday could not keep afford to keep him due to financial difficulties. He moved to Bristol Rovers the following summer after only four months and no appearances. He was an almost ever present in the following season until the end of October, picking up a serious groin injury which he was to struggle with for the rest of the season.

After making a few appearances the following season he was loaned out to Hereford United and Telford United, and was released by Bristol Rovers at the end of the season.

During the summer of 2004, Uddin signed for Dagenham & Redbridge.[8] He became the captain of the team.[6] At the time, Uddin was just one of only five professional British Asians playing in the Football League and Premiership, where it is estimated that Asians only make up 0.2 per cent of players in clubs' centres of excellence and academies.[2][9]

On 1 September 2009, Uddin signed on loan for Grays Athletic.[10]

In June 2010, Uddin left Dagenham to sign for League Two club Barnet and he was appointed captain ahead of the 2010–11 season.[11][12]

In 2011, following the departure of manager Martin Allen, Uddin was appointed as caretaker assistant-manager to Giuliano Grazioli at Barnet making him the first ever British-Asian to take up a coaching position in English football.[13]

On 30 January 2012, it was announced that Uddin had had his contract terminated by mutual consent. A few days later, he signed for Conference South side Sutton United.[14] On 28 June 2012, he signed for fellow Conference South side Eastbourne Borough.[15] In June 2013 Uddin left Eastbourne in order to pursue a career in football coaching.[16]


In September 2013, Uddin returned to his first club, West Ham United, as a part-time coach for their youth team, working with the under-8s to under-12s age group.[17]

International eligibility[edit]

Uddin is eligible to play for the national teams of England and Bangladesh. During May 2007, he visited a youth football camp in Dhaka, with British coach Anthony Ferguson and Canary Wharf’s head of public affairs Zakir Khan. Kazi Salahuddin, the chief of Bangladesh Football Federation welcomed him, but Uddin still has not decided yet on whether he should play for the national team. This was the second time he visited Bangladesh since 1989, where he travelled with his father to his hometown in Sylhet.[18]

Personal life[edit]

In 2002, Uddin dated glamour model, Leilani Dowding.[19] Uddin is a sessional worker for Show Racism the Red Card[20] in the East and South-East of England.[13]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J. (ed) (2008). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008–09. Mainstream. ISBN 978-1-84596-324-8. 
  2. ^ a b c Nathanson, Patrick (8 August 2007). "Anwar Uddin to lead Dagenham and Redbridge". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 5 December 2008. 
  3. ^ Nathanson, Patrick (20 November 2007). "Anwar Uddin's advice to Asian youngsters". Kick It Out. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "British-Bangladeshis who have made a mark". New Age Extra. 16 October 2008. Archived from the original on 30 October 2008. Retrieved 5 December 2008. 
  5. ^ "Famous Personalities from Raine's Foundation School". The Old Raineians' Association. Retrieved 5 December 2008. 
  6. ^ a b Trehan, Dev (26 December 2013). "Premier League: Kevin Nolan praised for cancelling West Ham's Dublin Christmas party". Sky Sports. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "February 2002". 28 February 2002. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Uddin signs new Dagenham contract". BBC Sport. 3 March 2005. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Chelsea plot Asian talent trawl". BBC Sport. 26 March 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Uddin makes Grays switch". 2 September 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  11. ^ "Bees line up a leader". Barnet F.C. 21 June 2010. Archived from the original on 4 July 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2010. 
  12. ^ "Anwar Uddin to skipper the Bees". Barnet F.C. 2 July 2010. Archived from the original on 6 July 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  13. ^ a b "SRtRC Patron is First British Asian Coach". Show Racism the Red Card. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  14. ^ "U's sign ex-Daggers captain". Sutton United F.C. 3 February 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  15. ^ Peskett, Lee (28 June 2012). "Squad Update: Anwar Uddin joins the Boro". Eastbourne Borough FC – The Sports. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  16. ^ "Uddin leaves the Lane to find fresh challenge". Eastbourne Herald. 8 June 2013. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  17. ^ "Academy graduate returns as coach". 8 June 2013. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  18. ^ "Anwar may consider a Bangladesh call". The Daily Star. 7 May 2008. Retrieved 5 December 2011. 
  19. ^ "Leilani sings for England". Dorset Echo. 17 May 2002. Retrieved 13 June 2008. [dead link]
  20. ^ "Uddin reflects on Asian progress within football". The PFA. 16 August 2012. Retrieved 1 June 1013. 

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