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Hazlitt tribute to football legend Laurie Cunningham

Monday 21st October 2019

THE story of one of this country’s pioneering black footballers is brought to life at the Hazlitt Theatre on October 31.

Titled “Getting the Third Degree”, which was funded by the Kick It Out anti-racism movement, it recounts the experience of Laurie Cunningham, who played for West Bromwich Albion.

He was one of three black players dubbed The Three Degrees by then manager Ron Atkinson.

The play dramatises how London-born Cunninhgam, who died in the 1980s in Spain aged 33, triumphed over the racial abuse and physical threats often orchestrated by right wing extremists through sporting brilliance on the field of play.

The play was written by Dougie Blaxland, the pen name of James Graham-Brown, the former Kent County Cricket Club professional from Sevenoaks.

Getting The Third Degree is on at the Exchange Studio. Tickets are £13.50 & £11.50. Go to