‘Love of the Game,’ by Ricky Hill

Non-fiction, 2021

Account of professional footballer and coach Ricky Hill, and how his success at battling racism as a black player taking his first steps in the professional game in the mid 1970s hasn’t translated into appointments in the British managerial and coaching side of the game. While Hill is eloquent and the issues he raises have more than a feeling of truth about them, this is a book whose reach will probably be more limited than it should be. The recollection of Hill’s playing days, especially those of the ‘off-the-pitch’ side – are great, although there are times when the narrative becomes a little listy. Still, an argument is built, which needs to be listened and acted upon.

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