Different Class - the biography of Laurie Cunningham

Laurie Cunningham was the first black footballer to play professionally for England when he represented the under 21's in 1977, in a time when racist chants and bananas thrown at players were common. His time at Leyton Orient and West Bromwich Albion changed how black players were perceived and paved the way for a new generation of black English footballers. But as well as being 'the greatest talent since George Best', he also had his finger on the cultural pulse of the time and wanted to talk about fashion, music and cinema. A huge fan of funk music and dancing, he was known for his outstandingly stylish suits. Different Class is a terrific football biography that was shortlisted for Sports Biography of the Year, that is also a marvellously entertaining and important story of this son of Jamaican immigrants, who grew up poor in North London to become an important figure in the tapestry of late-20th-century England, bringing glamour to the game of football, winning over hostile crowds with his style and swagger.

Saturday 29th September | 1pm | Archway Methodist Church, Navigator Square N19 3TD | £4