Pupils at Leeds school learn about football legend

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Paul Eubanks, a former teacher and expert on footballer Albert Johanneson, visited Bracken Edge Primary School in Chapeltown, Leeds.

He gave a talk to pupils about Albert’s playing career. It also marks 50 years since the start of the season when Albert was the first black player to appear in the 1965 cup final.

He played for Leeds United from 1961 for around 10 years. Paul is also writing a book on the star about his time during 1960s Leeds.

Albert was the first black footballer to achieve true prominence in the English professional game. He joined Leeds United in 1961 as one of Don Revie’s first signings as a left winger and his talent for scoring goals soon made him a fans’ favourite.

He came from South Africa was an early contributor to the revival at Elland Road inspired by Don Revie. He stayed at the club for nine years, peaking during the 1964-65 season and retired from football in 1971.

Albert suffered racism on the pitch but did not let it stop him from some trailblazing performances.

Having been recommended to the then Second Division club by a teacher in his home town of Johannesburg, the 21-year-old Johanneson impressed bosses during a three-month trial with Leeds.

In 1963, Johanneson married Jamaican-born pharmacist, Norma Comrie. Together they had two children: Yvonne, born in 1963, and Alicia, born in 1966.

He died in Leeds in 1995.

Pictured (left to right) Jahvai James, Yasmin Graham, Cady Crawford and Clement Arther, with Paul Eubanks, from Leeds, centre.

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