I’m back at Wembley today, talking with former professional footballer Paul Elliott CBE.
Paul’s playing career began at Charlton Athletic in 1979, and he went on to represent Luton Town and Aston Villa before becoming the first black English footballer to play in Italy when he joined Pisa in 1985. On his return from Italy, he joined Celtic and finally Chelsea, where he became the club’s first black captain in 1991. He’s had a 30 year career tackling discrimination in football, holds a CBE for services in the field of inclusion and anti-discrimination and currently sits on The FA’s Inclusion Advisory Board.
In this interview, he openly discusses the racism he and his family experienced in the 80s and 90s and how he’s used adversity as a catalyst for success.