Congratulations to Paul Rees, whose book The Three Degrees: The Men Who Changed British Football Forever has been longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. The shortlist will be announced on 24th October. The winner will be announced at an afternoon reception at BAFTA, in central London, on Thursday 27th November.
The Three Degrees is the story of a defining and groundbreaking chapter in the history of British football and the country as a whole. It’s the story of the first British football team to field three black players – Cyrille Regis, Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson – and who did so against the backdrop of the most divisive and poisonous racial tension in the UK’s history.
The Three Degrees was serialized in the Guardian this summer and you can read the extract here.