Black and Blue: How Racism, Drugs and Cancer Almost Destroyed Me

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Paul Canoville's story is one of extreme racist bigotry, shattering career-ending injury, a decline into drug abuse, battles against cancer, family tragedy, and a determination to beat the odds. Canoville was Chelseas first black first-team player, making his debut in 1982. But as he warmed up on the touchline, his own supporters began chanting "We don't want the nigger!" The racist bile continued whenever he played, but within a year he had won over the terraces with his explosive pace and skill. Canoville fell out with the Chelsea board and moved to Reading in 1986, where injury suddenly ended his career at the age of 24. This started a downward spiral including the death of his baby in his arms, two bouts of life-threatening lymph cancer, drug abuse, and homelessness. But Canoville fought back. In this explosive and shocking story, Paul finally explains why, despite everything, he is more positive than ever and has remained a fervent Chelsea fan all his life. This is a story of hope—eventually—overcoming adversity.

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Paul Canoville started out playing for non-league Hillingdon Borough, and signed for Chelsea in 1981. He made his debut against Crystal Palace in April 1982. He joined Reading in 1986, where his career ended due to injury.

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'compelling' * Henry Winter, Daily Telegraph * 'a compelling read skilfully put together' * Mirror * 'unputdownable' * Observer * 'one of the most powerful sports books ever written...an exceptional account of an extraordinary man' * Pat Nevin, Chelseafc.com *

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