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Footballing Lives: As Seen by Chaplains in the Beautiful Game 0

Posted on August 27, 2011 by samh

Footballing Lives: As Seen by Chaplains in the Beautiful Game, by Jeffrey Heskins and Matt Baker (Editor) (2006)

This is an extraordinary and entertaining account of the remarkable contribution of chaplains to British football.

Chaplains are there to inspire, to advise and to pick up the pieces when things go wrong. What happens when a player doesn’t recover from an injury, or when a club goes into receivership? How does a club tackle racism or violence? This book uncovers the little-publicised, but hugely important contribution of chaplains, and makes the point that faith still has a place within the game.

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Colouring Over the White Line: The History of Black Footballers in Britain 0

Posted on August 26, 2011 by samh

Colouring Over the White Line: The History of Black Footballers in Britain, by Phil Vasili (2000)

This book details the social history of players of colour in British football, discussing their careers in the context of the world in which they lived: the Black Diaspora as it relates to football.

It records and celebrates the careers of players, some of whom achieved great things while others were little more than journeyman footballers. What unites them is the consistent response of prejudice to the colour of their skin which forced them apart from their colleagues. Read more…

World Class: An Illustrated History of Caribbean Football 0

Posted on August 26, 2011 by samh

World Class: An Illustrated History of Caribbean Football, by James Ferguson (2006)

In this highly illustrated history of Caribbean football, James Ferguson explores the development of the game from colonial, amateur times into today’s increasingly professional sport.

He looks at the teams and players who have shaped the region’s footballing history as well as the Caribbean’s contribution to wider international competitions. Along the way we meet a cast of colourful characters – from the Jamaican international who used to row to matches to the Trinidadian team who went on strike for better wages. Read more…

Black Lions: A History of Black Players in English Football 0

Posted on August 25, 2011 by samh

Black Lions: A History of Black Players in English Football, by Rodney Hinds (2006)

Rodney Hinds, sports editor of The Voice, Britain’s leading black paper, examines the attitudes of the football establishment over the years and talks to players who had to suffer abuse from visiting fans and players, and sometimes their own team-mates.

It was 28 years ago, in 1978, that Viv Anderson became the first black player to be selected for England. It is a measure of how life for black footballers has improved that in 2002 Arsenal could field nine non-white players at Leeds’ Elland Road ground without comment. A tenth, Jermaine Pennant, came on as a substitute.

While it would be wrong to claim that racism has been entirely banished from English football, this book contends that the problem is not as bad as on the European continent.

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The First Black Footballer: Arthur Wharton 1865-1930 0

Posted on August 25, 2011 by samh

The First Black Footballer: Arthur Wharton 1865-1930, by Phil Vasili (1998)

Arthur Wharton was the world’s first black professional footballer, and he was also the first 100-yard world record holder and twice amateur sprint champion of Britain.

He came from a wealthy Gold Coast/Ghanaian family, enjoyed national celebrity in England as an all-round athlete, but died a pauper in a South Yorkshire pit village.

Recounted within the social, cultural and political context of Victorian England, Wharton’s story not only remembers the turbulent personal and professional life of an eminent sportsman but offers fresh insight into the onset of professionalism in British sport, the class divide and the beginnings of institutionalised racism.

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Out of His Skin: The John Barnes Phenomenon 0

Posted on August 24, 2011 by samh

Out of His Skin: The John Barnes Phenomenon, by Dave Hill (1989)

This controversial book about John Barnes, one of the most talented footballers Britain has ever produced, analyses the examines the nature of racism in English football in football and on Merseyside in particular.

It shows how Barnes’ transfer to Liverpool in 1987 crystallised issues of race few had been willing to acknowledge.

Having been unavailable for more than 10 years, Out of His Skin was republished by WSC Books with an extensive new introduction.

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Andy Cole: The Autobiography 0

Posted on August 23, 2011 by samh

Andy Cole: The Autobiography, by Andy Cole and Peter Fitton (2002)

THIS is the autobiography of a Manchester United hero whose finest hour came in the tremendous treble-winning season of 1998-99.

But the book is not just about his life playing for the Reds and seeking glory in an England shirt, it also tells the story of a man whose playing career started at a young age at Lilleshall, who played for Bristol City and Arsenal before becoming a prolific striker at St James’ Park, and who fought against prejudice and racism to get where he is today.

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