Blacks V Whites

  1. 11 months ago

    ...How Football Changed The World.
    Did anyone else watch this documentary (worth a lookup on BBC i player)?

    I guess I wasn't old or wise enough to know anything of such a game at the time but, with my enlightened 21st glasses on, I'm astonished it was allowed to take place at all. Apparently it was a testimonial for Len Cotterell (I'm guessing on spelling) in the 1970's and I only watched the documentary from about half an hour in but my interest was piqued by some of the names in the team. Cyrille Regis, Laurie Cunningham, Remi Moses, Garth Crooks and our very own Bob Hazell.
    Sir Les is also interviewed by presenter Adrian Chiles near the end (Les being, it would seem, the only black director in football). His view about the glass ceiling at management and board level is, at best, sobering. It also made me proud of our club because Rangers are almost single handled carrying the fight against discrimination in that particular respect.

    Given that some 30% of Premier League players are black, Trevor Sinclair, for me, still has a point when he suggested that many do not progress to coaching and management because they don't want the aggravation. For those who do want to stay in football, it pleases me to know that, if they are good or ambitious enough, they can look at our club and think to themselves "I've got a chance there".

  2. There's a good article about it in the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/nov/24/west-brom-len-cantello-testimonial-1979-white-black-players

  3. It was only after much debate re possible crowd trouble, that a possible England White v England Black game, mooted for Wembley Stadium, was abandoned.

  4. How about games based on star signs? The Aquarians versus the Capricorns or something.

  5. Thanks Hud, interesting indeed.

    Star signs won't work as there'll always be some dipstick predicting the result (Septic Lawro?) so how about Brexiteers vs Remainians and lets settle the issue once and for all.

    England White vs Black
    Was that some famous Boz humour or fact and, if so, when was that game supposed to have happened?

  6. Nope, dead true. Even mentioned in an old Rangers programme from the 70's. One day I'll look up the dates.

  7. Edited 11 months ago by Boston R

    Oh and Star Signs, no need for two, we'll just field Geminians.

  8. You're wasted on here Ian.

 

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