61 Minutes in Munich: The Story of Liverpool FC's First

61 Minutes in Munich: The Story of Liverpool FC's First In April , Howard Gayle was summoned from the substitutes bench and sent on to play for Liverpool in the second leg of a European Cup semi final at German champions Bayern Munich The previous October, by filling the same role at Manchester City, he became the first black footballer in Liverpool syear history to play at first team level Gayle s Liverpool career proved to be short He would pull on the red shirt only five times in total, scoring once Yet he is remembered as a trailblazer InMinutes in Munich, Gayle takes you inside his life bringing the shutters down on a childhood spent between Toxteth and Norris Green, two contrasting areas of Liverpool He details life on the streets, the racism, the other forms of abuse, of which he has only told a handful of people before, and his ascent from teenage football hooligan to a player with Europe s leading club Gayle explains what it was like to be a black man with a sense of insecurity inside a Liver pool dressing room at the most successful point in the club s history, a place where only the strongest survived In Munich, Gayle ran Bayern s defenders ragged and is credited by many as the catalyst for Liverpool s progression to the final And yet, by being substituted afterminutes on the pitch, he reveals his dismay at never being trusted to keep his cool in the most tense of environments Gayle takes you to Newcastle, to Birmingham City, to Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers He takes you back his modest home in the south end of Liverpool where it all began Part social history, part autobiography,Minutes in Munich is an exposition of life in the city of Liverpool during one of the most turbulent periods in its history Above all it examines how a pioneer like Gayle has been up against it from the moment he was born


10 thoughts on “61 Minutes in Munich: The Story of Liverpool FC's First Black Footballer

  1. Bertram Bertram says:

    Really enjoyed this read I believe anyone could drive insight from a book like this but it s a must read if you re a football fan from Liverpool.


  2. Andrew Tattersall Andrew Tattersall says:

    An interesting read about the life and times of the first black player to play for Liverpool Having been around in Liverpool at the same time I knew something about the atmosphere and how things were in Liverpool, though obviously not for a black person It was also interesting about being a footballer, in the reserves pushing for a place in a successful team, having to leave


  3. AJ AJ says:

    FascinatingAs a Liverpool supporter who feels excited by the emergence of Trent Alexander Arnold, it was fascinating to take a look back at Howard Gayle s ultimately less than stellar Liverpool career and the wider societal issues which led to that, and wonder what could have been..


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