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FIRST AMONG EQUALS LAURIE CUNNINGHAM DVD
Laurie Cunningham, the forgotten man. Killed in a Madrid car crash in 1989 at the age of 33, he may well have been a talent unfulfilled but his legacy inspired a generation of black footballers.

After the funeral, Fisher made a promise to Cunningham’s mother, Mavis, that he would tell the world the story of her son. On Wednesday night, 24 years later, ITV will screen the documentary Laurie Cunningham: First Among Equals.

‘It’s taken a long time,’ said Fisher, friends with Cunningham since they were 16 and Orient team-mates. ‘I watched the documentary on Friday. That interview when he was just coming back for Real and he showed his scars; his eyes were dead. There were racial undertones, too. His team-mates were trying to destroy his career. There was almost a shout of “help me”.’

By then, there was no one around to hear the cry. Cunningham was a millionaire crock, living in a goldfish bowl and struggling to cope with Madrid’s discipline.
50 MINUTES REGION 2 DVD