Episode 3: Pomp and Pride

This is the story of Black footballers in the English game. This is our sporting history, this is yours. In this third episode we’ll continue to find out about how Black players have been a fixture of professional football in England, during the 1970s.


In this episode we’ll tell you all about the men who proved that Black players could hold their own anywhere on the pitch, anywhere in the land - and beyond. The influence of the Brazil 1970 World Cup winning team led by outstanding Black players like Pele, Jairzinho and the captain, Carlos Alberto. The Three Degrees... Cyrille Regis, Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson. Three brilliant Black stars who took West Brom - and English football - to another level. We also tell the story of the Whites vs Blacks match, a game that took place for West Bromwich Albion's Len Cantello, for his testimonial game. Did you know about the incident involving Wolves & Wales defender George Berry going into the crowd to confront a racist fan, many years before Eric Cantona's infamous kung fu kick at Selhurst Park?


They are trailblazers and history makers. Players who made a place for themselves, and the Black and Mixed Race footballers who would follow them.


WARNING: This episode contains a racial slur, that some may find potentially offensive.

 


 

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