The Black Flash by Paul Harrison
The Albert Johanneson Story

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Harrison's book would have benefited from the testimony of surviving teammates and more details about his subject's 25 lost years beyond a marriage, two daughters, work washing dishes in a Chinese restaurant and ill-fated periods in rehab.
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Albert Johanneson became one of the first high profile black players in football when he joined Leeds United from the poverty of South African township life in 1961. Over the next nine years he became a favourite with the Leeds fans, amassing over 200 appearances and 68 goals whilst enduring racism, endemic in that era, on and off the pitch. In 1970 after a spate of injuries, Leeds United manager, Don Revie, released Albert and he joined York City for two seasons before retiring from football. Unfortunately life after his football career did not go well for Albert and he died in Leeds in 1995 an alcoholic, penniless, recluse. Journalist Paul Harrison was working with Albert writing his autobiography at the time of his death. Now some 17 years later, with encouragement from Albert's friends, he has decided to complete his story of 'The Black Flash', a player acclaimed by Elland Road fans and of who the great George Best said of 'he's a brave man with a lot of skill'.
 

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Paul Harrison is a UK-based writer and editor of fiction and nonfiction books for children.
 
Published December 3, 2012 by Vertical Editions. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors.
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Reviewed by Dave Simpson on Dec 27 2012

Harrison's book would have benefited from the testimony of surviving teammates and more details about his subject's 25 lost years beyond a marriage, two daughters, work washing dishes in a Chinese restaurant and ill-fated periods in rehab.

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