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Interested that the Black Lives Matter seminar stated our first black player was Fred Corbett, who joined us in 1905, and not Chris Kamara. Anyone know Freds history? The team photo in 100 Years of Brentford shows Fred sitting in the front row.
 

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Interested that the Black Lives Matter seminar stated our first black player was Fred Corbett, who joined us in 1905, and not Chris Kamara. Anyone know Freds history? The team photo in 100 Years of Brentford shows Fred sitting in the front row.
Terry Rowe was ahead of Kamara by a few months?
 

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Yep. There’s been a discussion, re “first black player”, on here before.

Fred Corbett is noted here;


and here;


His family history doesn’t mention his colour or heritage.

@rebus and I assisted BFC for the webinar.

There may have been a player of Indian heritage too but, sadly, lack of records to hand cannot prove it.

There’s a question over a reserve player as well, which hasn’t been confirmed either way.

So Fred Corbett is our first.

Chris is the first in the football league. Followed closely by Terry Rowe.

Terry Rowe actually played before Chris in 1980 but these were friendly and reserve matches.

1980/1981, which saw the rebirth of the youth team, at least four apprentices played for Brentford FC of BAME heritage.

Michael Witter
Andy Romano
Andy Gray
Terry Rowe

From 1981/82 to 1989/1990 these are the BAME players to appear for Brentford FC and their League or Cup debuts.

Chris Kamara 31 Oct 1981
Terry Rowe 20 Feb 1982
Francis Joseph 14 Aug 1982
Keith Cassells 12 Feb 1983
Tony Lynch 8 Oct 1983
Bobby Fisher 18 Feb 1984
Roger Joseph 19 May 1985
Tony Obi 30 Aug 1986
Henry Hughton 27 Sep 1986
Keith Jones 5 Sep 1987
Roger Stanislaus 29 Sep 1987
Paul Williams 20 Oct 1987
Les Ferdinand 26 Mar 1988
Richard Cadette 27 Aug 1988
Marcus Gayle 22 Oct 1988
Kevin Godfrey 29 Oct 1988
Tony Sealy 18 Mar 1989
Andy Ansah 24 Mar 1989
Robert Peters 3 Mar 1990
 
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