To celebrate Black History Month Arsenal TV Online spoke to former Gunner Brendon Batson about his experiences as a young black footballer. In this special two-part interview the defender speaks in depth about his roots, his life at Arsenal and the years since he retired:
Brendon discusses West Indian upbringing, coming to England in 1962, being spotted by Arsenal, his first impressions of Higbury, becoming the first black player to play for the Gunners, his role models and the changes in the game.
Brendon talks about the horrenduos racist abuse he suffered, his impact on the local community, rising above the barrage of insults, his dismay at the lack of action by the authorities and what he believes it takes to make it in football.
Subscribers can now see this video footage. If you don't subscribe to TV Online, click on the red button on the gold Arsenal TV Online panel.Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 24 Oct 2007