Rewind

Ince breaks down barriers

June 9, 2011
Every so often a moment occurs in football that breaks down an existing barrier. In 1993, such a moment occurred when England midfielder Paul Ince became the first black captain of his country on June 9, in a US Cup match against the USA.

With the roots of the game starting in the white working-class, English football took a long time to overcome the innate racism that had followed it from the beginning. Despite the fact that black players had been involved in the Football League since ...

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