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Clyde Best: Football pioneer

Published 1239 GMT (2039 HKT) February 24, 2012
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Clyde Best made his West Ham United debut in 1968, and the striker became one of the first black players to establish himself as a first-team regular in England's top division. Getty Images
In total, Best scored 47 goals in 186 goals for the London club. He went on to play for several U.S. teams in addition to a spell with Dutch side Feyernoord. Getty Images
Manager Ron Greenwood brought Best from Bermuda to West Ham. After 13 years at the club, Greenwood spent five years in charge of the England national team and selected black players such as Viv Anderson and Laurie Cunningham. Getty Images
Greenwood was in charge of West Ham at a time when a number of black players featured in the first team. The first was fullback John Charles in 1962, who was followed his brother Clive, Best and Nigerian striker Ade Coker -- pictured here -- who represented the U.S. at international level. Getty Images
Football has become a way for people of all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds to come together, on the pitch and in the stands. Getty Images