Wells: Clyde Best Has Been An ‘Inspiration’

January 15, 2017

Professional footballer Nahki Wells says Clyde Best has “long been an inspiration” as he “was the first footballer to really emerge from Bermuda” and “put the island on the map.”

The 26-year-old Huddersfield player was speaking with the Examiner, which reported, “These days it’s Huddersfield Town striker Nahki Wells flying the flag for Bermuda in England.

“But 45 years ago, Clyde Best was the first footballing hero of the North Atlantic island with a population of around 65,000.

“The frontman who was one of the earliest high-profile black players in this country made 221 appearances for West Ham United between 1969 and 1976, including four against Town.

Wells told the Examiner that Mr Best has “long been an inspiration.”

“He was the first footballer to really emerge from Bermuda,” explained the 26-year-old. He put the island on the map and he’s a bit of a hero to us all at home.

“Clyde Best paved the way for the likes of Shaun Goater, Kyle Lightbourne and myself and did it at a time when it must have been hard for a young black player.

“He does a lot for football in Bermuda. I still see him when I go back and he’s always been very supportive.”

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