Black man with a White Face
Whilst England goes mad with World Cup fever a new film reflects a world cup hero from history. Not just a football hero but a truly great man, the likes of which is rarely seen these days, especially in the egotistical self gratification world of soccer.
"Written by Geoff Francis, with the help of Stan’s daughter Jean Gough, just a decade after his death, BLACK MAN WITH A WHITE FACE celebrates the influence Stan had in Africa. In the year that South Africa hosted the World Cup Finals, this book highlights his work for over a quarter of a century in Soweto which is recognised here by one of the worlds foremost statesmen, Archbishop Desmond Tutu... “on behalf of our people I want to pay a very, very warm tribute to him and to say that he would not have known just how incredibly significant what he did to our self-esteem,... it made a contribution to people not becoming anti-white because they were able to say there are white people who care about the plight of black people.”
From Jean’s unique viewpoint we gain insights into Stan the man. From his family to the Queen and Prince Philip, he was loved and admired not only for his extraordinary skill, but also for his natural humility and openheartedness.
“On the plane to South Africa from Brazil I was very moved when the captain of ‘Sir Stan’s Men’, Gilbert Moilola, sat beside me, took my hand and said, Stanley, you are a Black man with a white face”.
“The man who taught us the way football should be played” Pele"