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DIFFERENT CLASS – The Story of Laurie Cunningham Football, Fashion, Funk By Dermot Kavanagh is out today!

13 July 2017

When Laurie Cunningham played for England in an under-21s match against Scotland in 1977, he became the first black footballer to represent England professionally. Two years later, he went on to become the first Englishman to play for Real Madrid. In a time when racist chants and bananas would fly from the stands, Cunningham’s success challenged how black players were perceived, paving the way for future generations of talent.

But Cunningham was more than an exceptional footballer who could play like a dream. He wanted to be different; to talk about fashion, dance and cinema. He was a dandy with a love of funk music and bespoke suits, as easily graceful on the dance floor as he was on the pitch.

Different Class tells the story of an appealingly enigmatic character who brought glamour to the game of football at a particularly dark time in its history and won over hostile crowds with his mercurial style.


Different Class by Dermot Kavanagh

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