RACISM IN FOOTBALL: A WHISTLE-STOP TOUR

Racism in football

Racism in football can be traced all the way back to the 1800’s although there is little evidence of racism in these early days of the game.

1800’s

The first black player to play top level football in Britain was Andrew Watson, he was appointed captain of Scotland on 12th March 1881. The colour of his skin was of no significance to his teammates and the Scottish Football Association has no historical records of racism regarding Watson.

1900’s

William Dean is one of the most well-known footballers in the history of English football. Commonly known as Dixie Dean in reference to his dark complexion and curly hair, Dean holds the record in England for the most goals netted in one season with 60 in the 1927/28 season. It is documented that whilst leaving the pitch after a game in 1938 a spectator called out to Dean shouting “we will get…

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