Episode 6: Stand Up Tall

This is the story of Black footballers in the English game. This is our sporting history, this is yours.

In Episode 6, the final episode of the series, It’s a new millennium, and some of the biggest superstars in the English game are Black or Mixed Race. These players, the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Sol Campbell, Ashley Cole, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford, are now striving to overcome new obstacles, in the spirit of those trailblazers who came before them. The Noughties and 2010's was the era which fully cemented the English top flight as the global league of nations - filled to the brim with talent from the four corners of the Earth.

And many of the biggest and brightest stars were Black...BUT the lack of representation in the dugout and the boardroom, tempered with the resurfacing of racial abuse via social media and the unconscious bias from sections of the sports media began to surface.

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


 

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