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West Ham's Forerunners of the Three Degrees

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Many football fans will have heard of West Bromwich Albion’s ‘Three Degrees,’ the three black players (Laurie Cunningham, Cyrille Regis and Brendon Batson) who first appeared for Albion in a First Division game at Ipswich Town on 4th March 1978.

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Blown away at Velocity Stadium

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It was a joy to be guests at the Velocity Stadium a competitive match between Oxford City Hemel Hempstead Town. In challenging windy conditions Oxford City eventually ran out 2-0 winners. LFHR were joined our friend Bill Hern, co-author of the wonderful Football’s Black Pioneers book.   Supporters took the opportunity to join in a quiz, ask questions about black footballers and understand the role that forgotten players like Jack Leslie, Walter Tull and Arthur Warton had as football developed. There were great chats about diversity in football today and the turbulent day’s for players of colour in 1970’s and 80’s. Fans were...

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Warm Welcome at Wealdstone

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Football on cold Tuesday evening in October, what more could any football supporter wish for? On 26thOctober, shortly, before our charity status was confirmed, Love Football Hate Racism had the pleasure of meeting up with fans of Wealdstone and Grimsby. Accompanied by our friends from Football’s Black Pioneers and armed with a few free pens, a quiz, a couple of prizes and some t-shirts and books we spent a pleasant 90 minutes or so before the match at the ‘Vale’ chatting with fans about football and diversity. The conversation turned to pioneers such as Jack Leslie who was denied the...

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Charity on the Horizon

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Charity status looming and more collaborative working.

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Paul Canoville T-Shirt

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Why the t-shirt? Few football fans would wear a t-shirt with the name of another club on it. But it was on such an occasion that Paul Canoville first came to my attention. Walking down a south London street, Anwar Uddin, manager of Fans For Diversity, burst out laughing and thrust a tweet in front of me from this massive Chelsea fan wearing a Love Port Vale Hate Racism t-shirt, that included an adapted image from The Specials' music label. Anwar was amazed that this former Blues player was proudly showing himself on social media and identifying himself with the Vale. Over the following months I came to recognise that the...

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