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The Colour Of Football

Steve Stacey

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From the publisher:

Steve Stacey rose from kicking a ball in the gaslit streets of post-war Bristol to running out in the top flight of English football. Often the only black face in the team he was the first African-American to grace the professional English game.

The son of a GI from Kemper County, Mississippi, the killing fields of black America and a woman from Bristol, UK he was given the middle name Darrow, after a black rights advocate.

His 40-year ancestry search underpins his rise through the football leagues. It’s all here, the dressing room banter, the famous names, the injuries as Steve plied his trade with Bristol City, Wrexham, Ipswich, and Exeter then breaking more boundaries as one of the first black footballers in Australia playing for Floreat Athena in Perth.

This poignant, funny and at times deeply moving tale, takes you behind the scenes as a professional footballer working up through the ranks while at the same time searching for his roots.

The author:

Steve Stacey, is an English footballer who played as a full back in the Football League with Bristol City, Wrexham, Ipswich Town and Exeter City. He was the first footballer of African American heritage to play professionally in the United Kingdom.


Bristol Books CIC
22 x 14 cm
304 pages
Over 70 photographs
September 2019