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Podcast charts history of black players in England

27 Oct 2020
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talkSPORT's 'Coming in from the Cold' looks at the challenges black players have faced from 19th century to present day

As part of Black History Month in October, Premier League radio rights-holder talkSPORT has been charting the history of black players in the English game.

"Coming in from the Cold" is a six-part documentary narrated by Sky Sports News broadcaster Jessica Creighton.

It spans from the late 19th century to present day and delves into the stories and insights of former and current players and managers, including Viv Anderson, Luther Blissett, Paul Ince, John Barnes, Alex Scott, John Fashanu, Rachel Yankey, Emile Heskey and Sol Campbell.

It addresses racism in football and in England by telling the story of the many individuals who have fought to overcome adversity.

But as well as addressing past and current injustices, "Coming in from the Cold" also looks to inspire the future generation and to give hope that anything is possible through the celebration of ground-breaking accomplishments and black sporting icons.

In the latest episode, "Here Comes The Hotstepper", Creighton analyses the situation for black players in the 1990s, when the Premier League started.

The changing perception of the black footballer in England is perhaps best personified by a player who brought the streets to the stadiums, and inspired generations, Ian Wright.

Creighton also reflects on Ince being named the first black England captain, Andy Cole winning every domestic honour with Manchester United, and Les Ferdinand becoming the icon whose impact and influence is still felt in the game today.

This was also the era of the formation of Kick It Out, which seeks to tackle racism in the game.

See: All the episodes of "Coming in from the Cold"

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