Steve Stacey rose from kicking a ball in the gaslit streets of post-war Bristol to running out in the top flight of English football. Often the only black face in the team he was the first African-American to grace the professional English game.
This poignant, funny and at times deeply moving tale, takes you behind the scenes as a professional footballer working up through the ranks while at the same time searching for his roots.
The son of a GI from Kemper County, Mississippi, the killing fields of black America and a woman from Bristol, UK he was given the middle name Darrow, after a black rights advocate.
His 40-year ancestry search underpins his rise through the football leagues. It’s all here, the dressing room banter, the famous names, the injuries as Steve plied his trade with Bristol City, Wrexham, Ipswich, and Exeter then breaking more boundaries as one of the first black footballers in Australia playing for Floreat Athena in Perth.
Each one of Bristol’s bridges has a fascinating story which is woven intimately into the 1,000-year history of the city. Why was it built? What was involved in its design, engineering and construction? What dramatic events sometimes swirled around and perhaps on it? In this book Jeff Lucas tells the story of each of the 45 bridges which span the main waterways of Bristol between Avonmouth and St Anne’s, and which can be crossed on foot. Illustrated with Jeff’s own revealing photography, this book will open up new ways of looking at these often beautiful structures that we usually take for granted.
The bridges are linked into a 45km circular walk that takes you from the nooks and crannies of the inner city to the open vistas of the Severn Estuary and back again. This walk is also the solution to an intriguing mathematical puzzle called The Königsberg Bridge Problem: how to walk around a given set of bridges crossing each one only once. The problem has been solved for Bristol’s 45 bridges by Thilo Gross, a young mathematician lately at Bristol University, who contributes a chapter about the bridge problem, its importance to mathematics and the modern world, and how he solved it for Bristol.
Village cricket in North Somerset has a proud tradition going back more than 175 years and the story of village cricket in Congresbury is fascinating. This book, painstakingly researched and beautifully illustrated draws on the personal recollections of current and past players and supporters as well as charting the ups and downs of village cricket over the generations.
An introduction to the variety of geology in the local region. Showcasing the information held on geological sites at BRERC, and the work of many local experts. Includes information on the many local groups and organisations for people with a common interest in geology.
Bristol Music: Seven Decades Of Sound, accompanies the 2018 exhibition of the same name at M Shed, Bristol.
Compiled by Bristol music expert Richard Jones, it is an essential guide to Bristol music with a timeline of the key moments in the city’s music history from 1955 to the present day. It includes profiles of almost 100 bands, musicians, DJs and producers who have made a significant impact on the sound of the city from Russ Conway to Massive Attack.
The book also features images of artefacts from the M Shed exhibition and a Top 40 of the most significant tracks from artists as diverse as Black Roots to Fred Wedlock.
“There aren’t many people that can say they were world famous within hours of being born”Louise Brown
Special 40th anniversary edition of My life as the world’s first test-tube baby.
At 11.47pm on July 25, 1978, Louise Brown was the first person ever to be born through science rather than as the result of two people having sex. The birth was hailed as a “miracle” by the world’s media, making her instantly famous.
Harry Dolman OBE rose from humble rural roots in Wiltshire to become a multi-millionaire, thanks to his fantastic inventions, draughtsmanship and engineering skills. He loved football and his business success led him to Bristol City Football Club where, during 38 years, he became director, chairman and president.
Children who were orphaned, destitute, abandoned and living, and sometimes dying, on the streets of Bristol were a common sight in Victorian times. The lucky ones were fed, clothed, educated and taught skills by church and charitable organisations, workhouses, reformatories and industrial schools.
This is the story of the modern Matthew – one of the most iconic symbols of Bristol’s age of discovery, and of its trading and seafaring heritage. She’s a faithful representation of the ship used by John Cabot when he discovered Newfoundland in 1497.
‘Medieval market,’ ‘bustling High Street’, ‘wild west’, ‘a wasteland’, ‘massage parlours’, ‘gay area’, ‘up and coming.’ Old Market conjures a myriad of conflicting associations in the minds of Bristolians. There is some truth to all these associations. They reveal the story of Old Market’s brightest hour as part of Bristol’s shopping Golden Mile, the riotous inter war years, the impact of war, post war decline brought on by the redevelopment of the city centre, and revival as Bristol’s gay quarter.
The first black African-American to play professional football in the UK returns to his childhood home of Bristol next month to share his story with youngsters growing up in the city today.
Steve Stacey will fly from his home in Australia to talk about how he progressed from his humble beginnings of kicking a ball around in the gas-lit streets of post-war Bristol to playing in the top tier of the English game.