Geoff Francis is a published author, poet and lyricist. He is also a full-time artist, photographer and film-maker and Creative Director of Bonobo TV, a not for profit internet TV channel that celebrates respect for the planet and all those who share it.
His passion for football began early, with Stanley Matthews a boyhood hero.
'When I was seven years old, I was asked, “What are you going to be?” I replied, “I am going to be an artist or I am going to be Stanley Matthews”. In those days the slightest prowess with a ball earned the accolade, “Hey, Stanley Matthews!” The comparison made many a young boy feel proud.
'Eventually, I have become recognised as an artist and this, in turn, has allowed me to fulfil the other part of my naive prediction. I have written a script which has allowed me to engage with, and give a voice to, the life of Stanley Matthews.'
from Stanley Matthews: The Black Man with a White Face (by Geoff Francis, published 2010)