'It created an image': how Brian Stein's England call-up boosted anti-apartheid struggle

20 June 2020 07:00
In an extract from his book Made in Africa, Ed Aarons explains why the sons of activist Isaiah Stein made history in English football On 7 February 1968, a former boxer – known as ‘Boston Tababy’ in his fighting days – and his family arrived at Cape Town’s docks to board the ship that would take them to their new lives. Isaiah Stein had been hounded by the police for his political activities with the fledgling ANC movement in his homeland and finally decided it was time to get out.“We were all very excited,” recalls Edwin Stein, the eldest of three brothers born in South Africa who would go on to play professional football in England. “There were some other families that we knew who were going to Canada and others who were coming with us to the UK. It was all very organised because they knew we needed to get out of the country to try and create some pressure through the international community.” Related: Chris Hughton: 'If I’m looking at the protests and wondering if it will change things, the answer is yes' | Jacob Steinberg Continue readingreadfullarticle

Source: TheGuardian