"Colouring Over the White Line" details the social history of players of colour in British football. It discusses their careers in the context of the world in which they lived: the Black Diaspora as it relates to football. It records and celebrates the careers of players, some of whom achieved great things while others were little more than journeyman footballers. What unites them is the consistent response of prejudice to the colour of their skin which forced them apart from their colleagues. This book reintroduces players such as Arthur Wharton, the fastest man in the world - put in goal by the "best team in the world"; the Anglo-Asian brothers who were Victorian soccer's uncomprising hardmen; the short, beautiful and brutal life of Britain's first black soldier to be commissioned a combat officer; the first black international who played for Wales in 1931; the Anglo-Chinese Liverpudlian who was the first man of colour to play for England; and a South African who, after a distinguished professional career and a professorship at a North American University, spent 12 years in prison paying his dues to a "democracy" that puts more African-Americans in cells than in college classrooms.