Andrew Watson: The World's First Black Football Superstar

Andrew Watson: The World's First Black Football Superstar

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Andrew Watson: The World's First Black Football Superstar by Tony Talburt

Published by Hansib Publications, 2017

PB:136pp

Today, seeing Black footballers playing the game at the very highest level is considered very normal. This, certainly, was not the case one hundred and forty years ago, and this is what makes the story of Andrew Watson so remarkable. It seems hard to imagine that a Guyanese-born Black man could head the Scottish national football team in 1881 in a game against England. Not only was he captain, but he also led them to a 6-1 victory in London - an achievement that still ranks as England's heaviest ever defeat on home soil.