Thanks go out to everyone who attended the official launch of 'It's Only Banter' at the Fulham FC Cafe, as well as to everyone behind the scenes who helped it make it such a special night for author Leroy Rosenior and his collaborator Leo Moynihan.
Thanks also to everyone who has contributed to the enormous media interest in the book, and of course to everyone out there who has gone out and bought it!
‘It’s Only Banter’ cuts across three generations of the Rosenior family. It's the story of an extrovert father who dealt with the racism – both everyday and life-threatening – with wit and charm; of a son who learned that keeping your head down was the best option for a black player in English professional football in the early 80s; and his son Liam, who has followed his father into football and carved out a successful Premier League career.
- A brutally honest and funny autobiography, Leroy Rosenior’s story covers over 30 years in the game as a player, coach, manager and pundit.
- Racially abused by an opponent on the biggest night of his young career, faced with 15,000 Nazi salutes from hostile fans and, as a manager, turned away from an opponent’s boardroom. With startling honesty, Leroy explains what it is really like to be a black footballer.
- Leroy looks back on a fascinating career that saw him score goals wherever he went and play alongside some of the games’ biggest names and under some of its most charismatic managers.
- Including interviews with many of the key people in his career, Leroy’s story draws on those experiences to offer solutions to problems that, despite slow progress, refuse to go away.
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