Howard Gayle – 61 Minutes in Munich
Toxteth-born Howard Gayle made his league debut for Liverpool against Manchester City in October 1980 and became the first black footballer in Liverpool’s 89-year history to play at first team level. his shining moment in a Liverpool jersey came when he ran Bayern Munich’s defenders ragged in the European Cup semi-final, 1981.
In this talk Gayle will bring the shutters down on a childhood spent between Toxteth and Norris Green, detailing life on the streets, the racism, the other forms of abuse, and his ascent from teenage football hooligan to a player with Europe’s leading club.
Gayle will discuss what it was like to be a black man with a sense of insecurity inside a Liverpool dressing room at the most successful point in the club’s history, a place where only the strongest survived.
He will also discuss his decision to turn down a nomination for an MBE for his Show Racism the Red Card campaign work, as it would have been a ‘betrayal to all of the Africans who have lost their lives, or who have suffered as a result of Empire.