9 October 2019

Ancestral roots and football boots

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 his first love was Bristol Rovers. However, 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.

His autobiography The Colour of Football, published by Bristol Books, will be available at his talk. Books are £12 (cash only).

Speaker: Stephen Darrow Stacey

This is a UWE Regional History Centre talk and a Black History Month event.