'Offside! South African Footballers in Britain' exhibition

05 Feb 2013 / News

To mark the staging of the 2013 African Cup of Nations in South Africa, FURD is hosting an exhibition about South African footballers who have played in Britain, from Wilfred Waller who joined Spurs in 1899, to Steven Pienaar, currently playing for Everton. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com🏢office" />

The exhibition is a portable, poster-based version of the one produced by FURD and the District Six Museum in Cape Town for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa, which was on display at the District Six Museum for over a year.

It highlights aspects of the football relationship between South Africa and the UK and illustrates how the experiences of South African footballers in Britain reflect the evolving racial attitudes in both countries. 'Offside' also looks at other forms of discrimination, including the story of Eudy Simelane, former captain of South Africa’s women’s football team, who was gang raped and murdered in a homophobic attack in 2008.

The exhibition, at the U-Mix Centre, Asline Road, Sheffield S2 4UJ, is free to visit and open between 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday until 1st March. Guided visits, supporting material and visits outside of normal opening times may be arranged on request - contact Ruth or Howard at FURD.

See the links below for more information about the exhibition.

Meanwhile, FURD’s ‘Refugee Footballers in Britain’exhibition is on display at Upperthorpe Library, the Zest Centre, 18 Upperthorpe, Sheffield S6 3NA throughout February.