Its widely accepted that the first person from the Caribbean to settle in Coventry was Charles Hall, who arrived with his wife and daughter in 1906. Born in Barbados, Charles had seven children, four boy and three girls.

His eldest son William was said to have a natural aptitude for sports particularly rugby and played for England School Boys in 1921 aged 13. He left school in that year but returned because he could not find work. He played once again in 1922, and went on to play for Coventry and Rugby, before turning professional playing for Dewsbury in what was know then as the Northern Union, now known as the Rugby League.

Another brother who played rugby Bob was also a talented player and played for Coventry.

The achievement of a black player gaining an international caps (albeit at School level) in the 1920's is worth remembering. At a family gathering in later years, the family would laugh at the time, that attended their local sports day and won so many events that eventually the organiser's refused to present them with anymore medals.

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Charles Hall