the three degrees

the three degrees

West Bromwich Albion: The Three Degrees

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On the 4th of March 1978, when substitute Laurie Cunningham joined starting players Brendon Batson and Cyrille Regis on the pitch in a match against Ipswich Town, West Bromwich Albion became the first club in the top tier of English football to field three black players in one team. The trio became known as The Three Degrees, stunning crowds of the time - many of whom harboured deeply-ingrained racial prejudices - with their skilful play, and gradually winning acceptance as pioneers for a new generation of black footballers. This video showcases just a few great moments in which Batson (at right-back), Regis (up front) and Cunningham (on the wing) excelled in Albion colours as individuals, as a trio and with their white teammates. Music by The Clash. Read more about the Three Degrees and their impact on British society in the novel Brummie Road, available on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1szNKSP