'It's Only Banter' is the story of the footballer, Leroy Rosenior. He started his football career at Fulham and went on to enjoy a long and fruitful career, playing and scoring goals for - among others - Queens Park Rangers, West Ham and Bristol City. Rosenior also won international caps with Sierra Leone.
Having won promotion as a manager at Torquay, Rosenior knows first-hand the problems facing young, black coaches in the modern game. Today he is both an anti-racist campaigner and respected pundit. He co-wrote his book with respected sports journalist and author Leo Moynihan.
This book tells the story of an extrovert father who dealt with the racism - both every day 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 Eighties when racism was rife; and his son Liam, who has followed his father into football and carved out a successful Premier League career. Laced with humorous anecdotes from Leroy's varied life and career, this book offers a deeply personal insight into the damaging effects of racism in football and in British society as a whole. At a time when football's administrators continue to fumble the ball on issues of discrimination, Leroy draws on his own experience - and that of other high-profile football personalities - to offer practical solutions.
Looking forward to reading this. I hope my dads a better book writer than footballer😂😂😉— Liam Rosenior (@rosenior_liam23) 27 februari 2017
Good luck old fella.👊🏽❤️ https://t.co/YgaOfsWG0J
Leroy Rosenior has recently been given the position of Vice President in the organisation. He was one of the pioneers of SRtRC’s unique and celebrated delivery model which utilises current and former professional footballers and other sporting role models to engage young people in safe and responsible discussions about racism, prejudice and discrimination.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank Leroy for both the work he has done for the organisation as for sharing his stories about racism.