Laurie Cunningham

(1956—1989) footballer

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(1956–1989). Footballer born on 8 March 1956 in London. A winger, Cunningham played for Haringey Schools and South-East Counties Schools before joining Leyton Orient in July 1974. His delicate skills and lightning change of space soon attracted football's elite. In 1977 he signed for West Bromwich Albion, joining fellow black players Brendan Batson and Cyrille Regis. The team became known for their flamboyant and exciting football, while Cunningham, Regis, and Batson were labelled by the manager Ron Atkinson football's Three Degrees, after the US soul group.


From The Oxford Companion to Black British History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: British History.

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