UK TV: Richie Campbell Set To Play Chelsea Football Club’s First Black Player In New Mini-Series

The life story of Chelsea football club’s first black player Paul Canoville, will be told in a new TV mini-series. 

Canoville made his Chelsea debut in 1982 and went on to help the club win promotion to the First Division, while facing extreme racial abuse from his own “fans”.

Liar and Top Boy star Richie Campbell has signed on to play the footballer.

Football fan Campbell said:

I was shocked I didn’t know who the hell he was and I feel like I should have. As a young black Brit I should know his story. I find that fascinating but also kind of heartbreaking that there is a generation of people that don’t know who he is and what he has achieved.”

The Evening Standard reports that the series will span the history of post-war London and currently has the working title Kicking Black And Blue.

The story will also touch on the arrival of Caribbean immigrants in London, the rise of the far Right, and music.

 

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