Where Are They Now? Paul Canoville

Joined from non league Hillingdon Borough and became the first black player in club history when he made his league debut as a substitute against Crystal Palace in April 1982.

Survived the gauntlet of racial abuse to help the club to the Second Division title in 1984, but within two years was sold to Reading for £50,000.

Since retiring at the age of 24 through injury he has survived cancer and drug addiction, became a teaching assistant at a school in Westminster, worked on the Blues education programme and set up a company called Senkaa which starts up youth projects.

Appearances: 103 Goals: 15 (1981-1986)

Career: Chelsea, Reading (1981-1987)

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  1. I’d recommend anyone to read ‘Black and Blue’. Paul Cannoville is a true Chelsea legend and someone who will always be part of Chelsea’s history. I’ve met Canners twice, he is a great guy – he never deserved the abuse back in the 80’s. I’ll more fondly remember him for the 4-4 at Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup.

    Canners you’re KING!

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