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BOOK REVIEW: Football’s Black Pioneers

Football’s Black Pioneers is one of those books you can easily keep picking up. Even if you only have a few minutes to spare you can read a chapter and come back wanting more. A short story book about football with lots of history added, it’s an ideal present at Christmas for followers of our national game.

The book covers the first black footballers to play for the current 92 Premier and Football League clubs, from Accrington Stanley to Wycombe Wanderers.A four-year project by co-authors Bill Hern and David Gleave recalls the fascinating stories of each player, their highs and lows and in many cases incidents of racism which they suffered both on and off the field.

It’s a black social history of this country since the first, Albert Wharton, made his debut for Sheffield United in the first division in 1895 right up to the present day.

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