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By Matt Slater, Press Association Chief Sports Reporter

Published: 18:06 BST, 1 July 2019 | Updated: 18:06 BST, 1 July 2019

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Football's anti-racism charity Kick It Out has commissioned a new play about the life of Laurie Cunningham, the former West Brom, and England winger who inspired a generation of black players.

Having first made his name with Orient, Cunningham moved to West Brom in 1977 and linked up with two other black stars, Brendon Batson and Cyrille Regis.

The trio - dubbed 'the Three Degrees' after the American soul group - helped the midlands club finish third in Division One but were often subjected to appalling racist abuse.

Football charity Kick It Out has commissioned a new play about the life of Laurie Cunningham

Football charity Kick It Out has commissioned a new play about the life of Laurie Cunningham

Cunningham handled himself with enormous dignity and in 1979 became the first Englishman, and black player, to sign for , where he won a league title and two Spanish cups.

He also became only the second black player to be capped by England at any level when he was selected for the under-21s in 1977 - he scored on his debut against Scotland - and would go on to win six full caps.

That figure would

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