Episode 1: Long Shot

This is the story of Black footballers in the English game. This is our sporting history, this is yours. In this first episode we’ll be finding out about how Black players have been a fixture in the game since the very beginnings of professional football in England. We tell you the story of the first black professional footballer in England, Arthur Wharton, You’ll learn about a player called Walter Tull who was a pariah on the pitch - but a hero in the field, and how a Colour Bar existed for the England national team in regards, to a Plymouth Argyle striker called Jack Leslie. You’ll learn about people you may never have heard of, but you should know them. 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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