The Unity Cup
Launched in 2002 with the “NiJam” clash between the Reggae Boys of Jamaica and the Super Eagles of Nigeria, The Unity Cup was far more than a football event, going beyond sport and creating an unforgettable occasion and scenes that have rarely been seen inside a football stadium in the UK. In 2004, The Unity Cup was extended to include The Republic of Ireland.
Described by Piara Powar, Executive Director of the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network, as “The best example of anti-racism policy in practice”, The Unity Cup drew commendation from many quarters.
The event is being revived by popular demand and due to be staged in 2021, once it is safe to do so. Quite simply, The Unity Cup was a unique event that filled a vacuum that existed in 2002 and – as recent events has shown – still exists today.