Allez les Zulus!

A strange, funny note from the history file: the first professional football side ever was a masquerade outfit. The Zulus, a selection of Sheffield-based barnstormers who donated match proceeds to the bumper crop of widows generated by one of Britain’s many African colonial projects, wore black uniforms, dressed in feathers and beads and paraded in full “native” costume before games. Cultural insensitivity aside, why is there no place for such quirk and whimsy in the modern game? I’d love to see Frank Lampard in a Sioux war bonnet.

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About zachdundas

Freelance journalist. Author of The Renegade Sportsman (Riverhead Books). Thank you.
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