Ancestral roots and football boots by Stephen Darrow Stacey

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Date: 09 October 2019
Venue: M Shed
Time: 18:00-19:30

Steve Stacey rose from kicking a ball in the gas-lit streets of post-war Bristol to running out in the top flight of league football. Often the only black face in the team, he was the first African-American to grace the professional English game.

Steve attended Fairfield Grammar School and although his first love was Bristol Rovers, it was Bristol City scouts who spotted him playing for the likes of Highridge United and Sneyd Park.

After a career in the English and Australian leagues, Steve set about searching for his roots. The journey took him to Kemper County (Mississippi) and to the discovery that his descendants came from the Balanta and Fula peoples of Guinea-Bissau in West Africa.


Steve Stacey was the first black Bristolian to play for Bristol City. His autobiography 'The Colour of Football', published by Bristol Books, will be available at his talk (£12 per copy, cash only).

Cost: Free to attend
Contact: Professor Steve Poole
Telephone: +44(0)117 32 84437

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