Steve Stacey supports Exeter City’s ‘Season of Action’ match this weekend
Exeter City’s first black player, Steve Stacey, has given his backing to the Grecians dedicated ‘Season of Action’ match against Luton Town this Saturday (1 November).
Steve, a full back of African-American heritage who joined the club in 1971, played 59 League games over two seasons for the Devon based club more than four decades ago. Speaking to Exeter’s club website, the former Grecian defender stated the importance of tackling discrimination.
“I was the first black player at Exeter but did not suffer any racial abuse at any time,” recalls Steve.
“However City’s anti racism work is a very noble cause. I very much admire what the club is doing to combat discrimination. Sport transcends race and colour. It’s the binding glue of humanity.”
The match is part of City’s contribution to Kick It Out’s ‘Season of Action’ initiative, which is aimed at promoting equality and inclusion across all levels of the game. The activities throughout the day have been organised by Exeter’s Supporters Trust’s ‘One Game One Community Group’.
The players from both teams and match officials will warm up wearing Kick It Out t-shirts which will then be handed out to the crowd. Magazines and stickers are to be distributed and special features will appear in the official matchday programme including a full length interview with Steve Stacey.
The initiative has also been backed by Grecians forward Ollie Watkins, the club’s One Game One Community Ambassador, who said: “I am delighted to take on the role of ambassador. Football can play a really positive role in bringing people together and offering opportunities for all. Race equality is an important part of this”.
Ollie has been active in his ambassadorial role, visiting a Mosque in the local area as part of an Exeter City Football in the Community (FitC) initiative. FitC are to launch a series of sports workshops for the Mosque Youth Club. Members of the Youth Club have been invited to watch Saturday’s game.