Library exhibition to tell the stories of London’s black British footballers

West Bromwich Albion’s ‘Three Degrees’: Laurie Cunningham, Brendon Batson and Cyrille RegisWest Bromwich Albion’s ‘Three Degrees’: Laurie Cunningham, Brendon Batson and Cyrille Regis

An exhibition charting the history of London's black professional footballers will be on show at Wanstead Library this October as part of Black History Month celebrations.

"When black footballers first became a feature of the game in Britain their presence and passion for the sport was widely discredited. Racial abuse and prejudice has unfortunately been part of British footballing history," said Judith Garfield of Eastside Community Heritage, which has compiled the display.

Among the player's stories is that of Fred Corbett (1893–1924), who worked as a labourer for Thames Ironworks and played for the company team, which would later become West Ham United. Walter Tull, Laurie Cunningham (the first black footballer to represent England at a national level), Brendon Batson, Cyrille Regis, Jermain Defoe and Rachel Yankey will also feature in the exhibition, on show until 10 October.


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