SA Library: Black player history in England -- the prejudice they had to overcome


From Ian Plenderleith's review of "Football's Black Pioneers: The Stories of the First Black Players to Represent the 92 League Clubs" by Bill Hern & David Gleave  (Conker Editions)

"Bursting with uncharted soccer history as it digs up so much entertaining and thought-provoking material in covering the first Black players in English soccer. ... Team by team, the authors list the first Black players at each of the current 92 English league clubs, and the virulent prejudice they had to overcome on and off the field. Though for every player who had to overcome vile chants, abuse and ignorance, there's another player who claims to have noticed nothing, or to have shut it all out in order to concentrate on his game."

Recommended further reading (Black soccer history in Britain):

61 Minutes in Munich: The Story of Liverpool FC's First Black Footballer by Howard Gayle and Simon Hughes

Out of his Skin: The John Barnes Phenomenon by Dave Hill

Different Class: Football, Fashion and Funk – The Story of Laurie Cunningham by Dermot Kavanagh

The Three Degrees: The Men Who Changed British Football Forever by Paul Rees

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St. Louis City SC, a 2023 MLS expansion team, hired as sporting director Lutz Pfannenstiel. The German wrote a book about his playing career, which spanned 25 clubs in more than a dozen nations on six continents, "The Unstoppable Keeper."



"Sports literature is a wide-ranging genre. Perhaps the best way for me to relay my opinion of a soccer book is using the criterion that is doesn't feel like required reading. A few pages into Pfannenstiel's "The Unstoppable Keeper" I no longer begrudged putting on hold my summer reading by renowned authors of page-turners." -- Mike Woitalla.

"The Incredible Adventures of The Unstoppable Keeper" by Lutz Pfannenstiel (2014) Kindle $4.50, Hardcover $13.87


From Ian Plenderleith's review ('Blood and Circuses' delves into the post-communist chaos of eastern European soccer).

"When the Soviet Union, its republics and its satellite states all succumbed to capitalism in the early 1990s, few were sorry to see the back of dictatorship, chronic corruption, environmental degradation, and the mass suppression of dissent via ruthless state security. While the west cheered from afar, though, there was precious little to fill the vacuum besides more autocratic politicians and kleptocratic individuals, catalyzed by vulture capitalism. Meanwhile, violent nationalists re-lit the flames of dormant ethnic conflicts to trigger death, dispossession and displacement all the way from the Balkan states to central Asia.

"None of this, needless to say, was of much benefit to the region’s soccer. Storied teams were deprived of state support and had to rely on investment from the dubious new breed of often oil-enriched benefactor. Or, they went bust. The best players were cherry-picked by wealthy western clubs. ... These days, domestic leagues in front of paltry crowds are dominated by those clubs lucky enough to attract corporate investment and to have grabbed a wobbly stool at the bottom end of the Champions League trough."


"Blood and Circuses: A Football Journey Through Europe’s Rebel Republics" by Robert O’Connor (Biteback Publishing)

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Soccer America Library

Africa
The Away Game: The Epic Search for Soccer's Next Superstars by Sebastian Abbot

Anthology
SoccerTalk: Life Under the Spell of the Round Ball by Paul Gardner
The Man Behind the Goal by Brian Glanville

Biography/Memoirs
They Don't Teach This by Eniola Aluko
What's Wrong with US?: A Coach’s Blunt Take on the State of American Soccer After a Lifetime on the Touchline
by Bruce Arena with Steve Kettmann
Stillness and Speed by Dennis Bergkamp
It's Not About the Bra by Brandi Chastain
My Turn by Johan Cruyff
Chase Your Dreams: How Soccer Taught Me Strength, Perseverance, and Leadership by Julia Ertz
The Keeper by Tim Howard
I am Zlatan: My Story On and Off the Field by Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Becoming Coach Jake: A Story of Overcoming the Odds, on the Soccer Field and Beyond
by Martin Jacobson with Bill Saporito
When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World
by Carli Lloyd
Fever Pitch
by Nick Hornby
Becoming Coach Jake: A Story of Overcoming the Odds, on the Soccer Field and Beyond by Martin Jacobson with Bill Saporit
Sir Alf by Leo McKinstry
The Quiet Fan by Ian Plenderleith
Forward: A Memoir
by Abby Wambach
Masters of Modern Soccer: How the World's Best Play the Twenty-First-Century Game by Grant Wahl
The Education of an American Soccer Player by Shep Messing & David Hirshey

Brazil
Futebol by Alex Bellos

Business
Sneaker Wars by Barbara Smit

Coaching
Jose Mourinho: Anatomy of a Winner by Patrick Barclay
The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. by Daniel Coyle
My Turn by Johan Cruyff 
The Vision of a Champion by Anson Dorrance
InsideOut Coaching by Joe Ehrmann
What Drives Winning by Brett Ledbetter
Practice Perfect by Doug Lemov
Team Building by Rinus Michels
Every Moment Matters: How the World's Best Coaches Inspire Their Athletes and Build Championship Teams by John O'Sullivan
Pep Confidential: The Inside Story of Pep Guardiola’s First Season at Bayern Munich
by Martí Perarnau
Peak
by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool
The Element by Ken Robinson
Masters of Modern Soccer: How the World's Best Play the Twenty-First-Century Game by Grant Wahl
Inverting the Pyramid by Jonathan Wilson

Coaching Youth
Soccer Starts at Home by Tom Byer and Fred Varcoe
How to Coach Girls by Alison Foley and Mia Wenje
Becoming Coach Jake: A Story of Overcoming the Odds, on the Soccer Field and Beyond by Martin Jacobson with Bill Saporito
The Complete Goalkeeper
by Timothy Mulqueen and Mike Woitalla
Is It Wise to Specialize?: What Every Parent Needs to Know About Early Sports Specialization and its Effect Upon Your Child’s Athletic
by John O'Sullivan

Changing the Game: The Parent's Guide to Raising Happy, High Performing Athletes, and Giving Youth Sports Back to our Kids
by John O'Sullivan

England
They Don't Teach This by Eniola Aluko
Among The Thugs by Bill Buford
The Game by Stuart Roy Clarke with John Williams
The Glory Game
by Hunter Davies
All Played Out by Pete Davies
Goalkeepers Are Different by Brian Glanville
The Football Man  by Arthur Hopcraft
Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby
Sir Alf by Leo McKinstry
The Soccer Syndrome by John Moynihan
The Damned Utd by David Peace
Brian Clough: Nobody Ever Says Thank You by Jonathan Wilson


Fans
Among The Thugs by Bill Buford
Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby
The Quiet Fan by Ian Plenderleith

Fiction
Goalkeeper Are Different by Brian Glanville
The Man Behind the Goal by Brian Glanville
For Whom the Ball Rolls by Ian Plenderleith
The Chairman's Daughter by Ian Plenderleith

Fiction/Young Readers
Toby and The Greatest Game by Clive Toye
Magic Boots by Bill Summers
Clash of Cleats by Bill Summers
Red Card by Bill Summers
Cracked Cleats by Bill Summers
Comeback Cleats by Bill Summers
Scuffed Boots by Bill Summers
Buffed Boots by Bill Summers

FIFA
Red Card: How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World's Biggest Sports Scandal by Ken Bensinger
The Ugly Game: The Qatari Ploy to Buy the World Cup by Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert
FIFA Mafia by Thomas Kistner (available in German or Spanish)

Germany
Das Reboot by Raphael Honigstein
Matchdays: The Hidden Story of the Bundesliga by Ronald Reng

Goalkeeping
Goalkeepers Are Different by Brian Glanville
The Keeper by Tim Howard
The Complete Goalkeeper by Timothy Mulqueen and Mike Woitalla

History/Sociology
What's Wrong with US?: A Coach’s Blunt Take on the State of American Soccer After a Lifetime on the Touchline by Bruce Arena with Steve Kettmann
Morbo: The Story of Spanish Football by Phil Ball
Futebol by Alex Bellos
Men in Blazers Present Encyclopedia Blazertannica by Roger Bennett and Michael Davies
Red Card: How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World's Biggest Sports Scandal by Ken Bensinger
The Ugly Game: The Qatari Ploy to Buy the World Cup by Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert
Among The Thugs by Bill Buford
The Game by Stuart Roy Clarke with John Williams
What We Think About When We Think About Soccer by Simon Critchley
All Played Out by Pete Davies
The Glory Game by Hunter Davies
Dynamo by Andy Dougan
The Language of the Game by Laurent Dubois
Soccer in Sun and Shadow by Eduardo Galeano
Nice Guys Finish Last: Sport and American Life by Paul Gardner
The Simplest Game by Paul Gardner
The Age of Football: The Global Game in the Twenty-first Century by David Goldblatt
The Ball is Round by David Goldblatt
Das Reboot by Raphael Honigstein
The Football Man by Arthur Hopcraft
Champions of Women’s Soccer & Champions of Men’s Soccer by Ann Killion   
Ajax, the Dutch, the War by Simon Kuper
Football Against The Enemy by Simon Kuper
Soccernomics by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski
Fear and Loathing in LaLiga by Sid Lowe
The Miracle of Castel Di Sangro by Joe McGinnes
Sir Alf By Leo McKinstry
The Soccer Syndrome by John Moynihan
Blood and Circuses: A Football Journey Through Europe’s Rebel Republics
by Robert O’Connor
The Damned Utd by David Peace
Finn McCool's Football Club by Stephen Rea
Matchdays: The Hidden Story of the Bundesliga by Ronald Reng
How Football (Nearly) Came Home: Adventures in Putin’s World Cup by Barney Ronay
A Kick in the Grass by Clive Toye
Do You Speak Football?: A Glossary of Football Words and Phrases from Around the World by Tom Williams
Brian Clough: Nobody Ever Says Thank You by Jonathan Wilson
The Names Heard Long Ago: How the Golden Age of Hungarian Football Shaped the Modern Game by Jonathan Wilson

International
The Ugly Game: The Qatari Ploy to Buy the World Cup by Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert
The Simplest Game by Paul Gardner
SoccerTalk: Life Under the Spell of the Round Ball by Paul Gardner
The Age of Football: The Global Game in the Twenty-first Century by David Goldblatt
Football Against The Enemy by Simon Kuper

Italy
The Miracle of Castel Di Sangro by Joe McGinnes

Leadership
Jose Mourinho: Anatomy of a Winner by Patrick Barclay
Focused for Soccer: Develop a Winning Mental Approach by Bill Beswick
It's Not About the Bra by Brandi Chastain
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Stephen Covey
The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle
InsideOut Coaching by Joe Ehrmann
Choose to Matter: Being Courageously and Fabulously YOU by Julie Foudy
The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon
Hard Hat by Jon Gordon
What Drives Winning by Brett Ledbetter
Practice Perfect
by Doug Lemov
Pep Confidential: The Inside Story of Pep Guardiola’s First Season at Bayern Munich by Martí Perarnau
Peak by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool
The Element by Ken Robinson
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

MLS
What's Wrong with US?: A Coach’s Blunt Take on the State of American Soccer After a Lifetime on the Touchline by Bruce Arena with Steve Kettmann

NASL
Rock 'n' Roll Soccer: The Short Life and Fast Times of the North American Soccer League by Ian Plenderleith
A Kick in the Grass by Clive Toye
Anywhere In The World by Clive Toye

Netherlands
My Turn by Johan Cruyff
Ajax, the Dutch, the War by Simon Kuper
Team Building by Rinus Michels

New Orleans
Finn McCool's Football Club by Stephen Rea

Philosophy
What We Think About When We Think About Soccer by Simon Critchley

Player Development
The Away Game: The Epic Search for Soccer's Next Superstars by Sebastian Abbot

Qatar
The Away Game: The Epic Search for Soccer's Next Superstars by Sebastian Abbot
The Ugly Game: The Qatari Ploy to Buy the World Cup
by Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert

Refereeing

Blowing the Whistle: The Psychology of Football Refereeing by Stuart Carrington
The Social Ref: How to Become a Better Referee and Umpire by Shawn D. Madden

Russia
Blood and Circuses: A Football Journey Through Europe’s Rebel Republics by Robert O’Connor
How Football (Nearly) Came Home: Adventures in Putin’s World Cup by Barney Ronay

South America
Futebol by Alex Bellos
Soccer in Sun and Shadow by Eduardo Galeano



Spain
Morbo: The Story of Spanish Football by Phil Ball
Fear and Loathing in LaLiga by Sid Lowe

Tactics
Inverting the Pyramid by Jonathan Wilson

Ukraine
Dynamo by Andy Dougan

USA
Why the U.S. Men Will Never Win the World Cup: A Historical and Cultural Reality Check by Beau Dure
Nice Guys Finish Last: Sport and American Life by Paul Gardner
SoccerTalk: Life Under the Spell of the Round Ball by Paul Gardner
The National Team: The Inside Story of the Women Who Changed Soccer (updated) by Caitlin Murray
Finn McCool's Football Club by Stephen Rea

U.S. Men's National Team
What's Wrong with US?: A Coach’s Blunt Take on the State of American Soccer After a Lifetime on the Touchline by Bruce Arena with Steve Kettmann
The Keeper by Tim Howard
 

Women's Soccer
They Don't Teach This by Eniola Aluko
It's Not About the Bra by Brandi Chastain
The Vision of a Champion by Anson Dorrance
Choose to Matter: Being Courageously and Fabulously YOU by Julie Foudy
When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World by Carli Lloyd
The Girls of Summer
by Jeré Longman
National Team: The Inside Story of the Women Who Changed Soccer by Caitlin Murray

Forward: A Memoir by Abby Wambach
2012: The Year That Saved Women’s Soccer by Beau Dure


Women's World Cup
It's Not About the Bra by Brandi Chastain
The Girls of Summer by Jeré Longman
National Team: The Inside Story of the Women Who Changed Soccer by Caitlin Murray

World Cup
Why the U.S. Men Will Never Win the World Cup: A Historical and Cultural Reality Check by Beau Dure
How Football (Nearly) Came Home: Adventures in Putin’s World Cup by Barney Ronay

Young Readers
Champions of Women’s Soccer & Champions of Men’s Soccer by Ann Killion
Toby and The Greatest Game by Clive Toye
Magic Boots by Bill Summers
Clash of Cleats by Bill Summers
Red Card by Bill Summers

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1 comment about "SA Library: Black player history in England -- the prejudice they had to overcome".
  1. Valerie Metzler, October 11, 2020 at 9:53 a.m.

    Wow.  Thanks for this list!

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