May 12, 2015 in Uncategorized
For the sports fans amongst us – we would like to highlight an arresting new book about the history of Black British Footballers, Pitch Black.
Pitch Black illuminates and examines the rise to prominence of black footballers from the 1970s when they first came to prominence in the beautiful game, but does so, for the first time, from the perspective of the players themselves.
Author Emy Onuora charts the revolutionary changes on the pitch, from the monkey chanting, the throwing of bananas and the bullets in the post of the 1970s, through to today’s game where black players make up some 30 per cent of English professional footballers. While nowadays players are largely free from such systematic and routine abuse from the stands, what is being done to combat the more subtle and less overt manifestations of racism?
Including interviews with over twenty current and former players such as John Barnes, Viv Anderson and Cyrille Regis, Pitch Black critically and controversially scrutinises the attitudes of FIFA, the FA and the media over the last half century and allows today’s generation of footballers and fans to discover the crucial history of the world’s most popular sport.
For more information visit https://www.bitebackpublishing.com/books/pitch-black .