When Laurie Cunningham played for England in an under-21s match against
Scotland in 1977, he became the first black footballer to represent
England professionally. Two years later, he would become the first
Englishman to play for Real Madrid. In a time when racist chants flew
from the stands, Cunningham's success challenged how black players were
perceived, paving the way for future generations.
But Cunningham was more than an exceptional footballer who could play like a dream. He was a dandy with a love of funk music and bespoke suits, as easily graceful on the dance floor as he was on the pitch.
Different Class is a portrait of an important but unsung figure who brought glamour to the game at a particularly dark point in its history. Many know Laurie Cunningham’s name but not his story; now they will know both.
Different Class : Football, Fashion and Funk - The Story of Laurie Cunningham - Dermot Kavanagh
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