- Publisher: Headline Book Publishing
Paul Canoville var den første fargede spilleren på Chelsea. Han spilte i klubben fra 1981 til 1986 i en tid hvor Chelsea var svært plaget med rasisme blant fansen. Han gikk på en måte opp veien for dagens fargede spillere, og er i dag et ikon og en legende blant fotballfans. Boka “Black and Blue” er en fantastisk fortelling om hans kamp for å overleve både personlige problemer og i det den gangen rasismepregede England.
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Paul Canoville’s story is one of extreme racist bigotry, shattering career-ending injury, a decline into drug abuse, battles against cancer, family tragedy, and a determination to beat the odds. Canoville was Chelseas first black first-team player, making his debut in 1982. But as he warmed up on the touchline, his own supporters began chanting “We don’t want the nigger!” The racist bile continued whenever he played, but within a year he had won over the terraces with his explosive pace and skill. Canoville fell out with the Chelsea board and moved to Reading in 1986, where injury suddenly ended his career at the age of 24. This started a downward spiral including the death of his baby in his arms, two bouts of life-threatening lymph cancer, drug abuse, and homelessness. But Canoville fought back. In this explosive and shocking story, Paul finally explains why, despite everything, he is more positive than ever and has remained a fervent Chelsea fan all his life. This is a story of hope—eventually—overcoming adversity.