Date:27th September 2022 at 11:03pm
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Stamford Chidge interviews Paul Canoville, Chelsea’s first black player and a skilful winger in his day, forever remembered for that game against Sheffield Wednesday.

Paul Canoville was Chelsea’s first black player and his story is incredible. Subjected to racist abuse on the terraces, Paul had to show huge strength of character and dignity to win over too many of his own supporters.

Highlights of Paul’s all too brief Chelsea career included a hat-trick against Swansea, but he played a crucial part in the legendary 4-4 draw away to Sheffield Wednesday in the Milk Cup in 1985, coming on as a second half substitute with Chelsea 3-0 down. Paul scored twice, his first after just eleven seconds, as Chelsea salvaged a remarkable draw.

In arguably one of his most forthright, honest and moving interviews yet, Paul talks about his time as one of John Neal’s great side; the players, the matches and the goals and his struggles with racism, drug addiction and homelessness after football.