Chelsea’s first ever black player Paul Canoville is ‘making some progress’ in intensive care after complications from surgery last month… with new banner paying tribute to him to make its debut at Stamford Bridge tonight
- Paul Canoville is in intensive care after suffering from complications of surgery
- The ex-winger was the first black player to play for Chelsea, debuting in 1982
- His foundation have released an update revealing Canoville is making progress
- A banner is set to be revealed at Stamford Bridge, reading ‘The Canners Way’
Former Chelsea star Paul Canoville is ‘making some progress’ after going into intensive care.
It emerged at the beginning of February that the 58-year-old, the Blues’ first ever black player, was in a critical condition following complications of emergency surgery.
But his foundation have since issued a positive update on Canoville – as Chelsea get ready to display a new banner for the first time paying tribute to him during tonight’s match against Newcastle at Stamford Bridge – writing on Twitter: ‘Paul remains in intensive care but is making some progress.
Paul Canoville, Chelsea’s first black player, has been in a critical condition recently
Canoville, 58, continues to play a huge role in campaigns tackling racism and discrimination
‘His family would like to thank all those showing so much love. Big thanks to Chelsea and We Are The Shed for the banner that makes its debut at Stamford Bridge today!’
The Banner, which reads ‘The Canners Way’, will be on show at the Blues’ west London home for the Premier League clash with Newcastle tonight.
The former winger – who has beaten cancer three times – joined Chelsea in 1981 and stayed for a five-year spell, making 79 appearances in blue and white.
He remains a valued part of the club, working on his foundation which aims to motivate young people who face challenges early in their lives.
Canoville’s foundation released an update, showing the banner set to be revealed on Monday
A banner in the Shed End celebrating Canoville will be unveiled at Stamford Bridge on Monday
‘Paul has a major place in Chelsea history,’ Chelsea said in a statement after Canoville went into intensive care.
‘He made his debut in 1982 and was the first black player in our men’s first team.
‘He faced considerable prejudice but stayed strong and went on to make 100 appearances, including during the glorious promotion of 1983-84 and a memorable season in the top flight that followed.
‘In more recent times Paul has been back involved in the club, working on Chelsea Foundation projects and as a host in the hospitality areas at Stamford Bridge.’