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‘We looked identical’: one man’s discovery of slavery, family and football

Malik Al Nasir, who fled racism at Anfield in 1970s, found out he was related to the world’s first black international footballer

Malik Al Nasir believed football would always be a part of his life. Born in Toxteth he supported Liverpool, regularly going to Anfield to see the great 70s side featuring Emlyn Hughes, John Toshack and Kevin Keegan. He loved being among fans in the Kop, and cannot recall seeing his team lose.

Al Nasir was driven from Anfield by racists in 1977 and has not seen a match there since but he has discovered a family football link that runs deeper than any stadium visit. The author, poet and Cambridge University PhD student has established that he is related to Andrew Watson, the world’s first black international footballer.

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