There was a boom in football just after the Second World War. Many British league clubs began signing players from abroad, particularly the Empire and Commonwealth. During the 1950s and 60s Africa became a favoured destination for scouts.
A number of professional Anglo-Indian players emerged at this time, including Ricky Heppolette, Kevin Keelan, Roy Smith and Bud Houghton whose families all moved to Britain after Indian independence in 1947.
One of the very few black professionals of his day, ‘Henry’ Roy Brown played for Watford from 1953-1957 as centre-half, winger and centre-forward. He was distinguished for his speed and heading ability and his only hat-trick was the club’s first at home in the League for 8 years. His brother became Lord Mayor of Stoke on Trent.