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Steve Bloomer: The Story of Football's First Superstar [Hardcover]

Peter J. Seddon
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Sep 1999
What was it that made Steve Bloomer, the 'Destroying Angel' so special? A remarkable goalscoring record and a supreme ability count for much, but so do an enigmatic personality and incident-packed life that has never been fully explored - until now. In this marvellously entertaining story of his life, we accompany Bloomer on his dramatic rise from tough Black Country beginnings in 1874 to goalscoring feats straight out of Boy's Own Paper for Derby, Middlesbrough and England. His famous playing career shares the stage with remarkable episodes in Bloomer's life never before fully researched, including his sorrow and bravery through four years in a German prison camp. Also are his first tentative steps into the pioneering world of coaching in Germany. Holland and Spain, where his triumphant managerial spell brought glory to 'the Accrington Stanley of Spanish football' Then there are the twilight days as a scout, respected pundit and honorary old un at the Baseball Ground. Derby County still take to the field to the song 'Steve Bloomer's Watching'. He truly is a legend and his story is remarkable.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Breedon Books Publishing Co Ltd; 1st Edition edition (Sep 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185983146X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859831465
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 17.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,909,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Seddon was born in Derby in 1956 and was educated at Derby School and Leicester University, where he gained an Honours Degree in history. He first watched Derby County at the age of eight and has followed their ups and downs ever since as a season ticket holder. A member of the Association of Sports Historians and Football Statisticians, his interest in football extends to its very early days and his award-winning Football Compendium, published in 1995. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Legendary "Paleface" 1 Oct 2010
This is a throughly excellent and definitive biography of Steve Bloomer, the legendary "Paleface" "Destroying Angel" or "Hammer of the Scots". Bloomer's career with Derby County, Middlesbrough, England, his internment in Germany in World War I and his career as a manager in Spain are all lovingly detailed by an author with a clear love for the subject. Anyone with any interest in footballing history should have this on his/her bookshelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The legend of Pear Tree 20 Aug 2007
For many years now i have known about the legend of Steve Bloomer. When i was younger i used to walk past the main entrance of the Baseball Ground and read the plaque that used to commemorate his exploits. It is only after reading this book that i discovered that he used to attend a school down the road from me (Pear Tree School, corner of Pear Tree Street and Portland Street/clothing factory now) and amazingly he used to live on the same street as me. This book is a must read for all Derby's citizens that were born in the city and support Derby County F.C. I have even found myself walking up and down some streets looking out for numbers of old houses he and his family used to live in. It is a great read, even better for the fact that the places that are reffered to, time and time again are actual places in Derby that many people who live in the city will recognise. One of the greatest footballers that ever lived and he lived on my street. *smiles* Legend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best 4 May 2009
It is becoming increasingly common for this kind of book to be written. Steve Bloomer is without a doubt the greatest goal scoring machine from the victorian period (and one of the best of all time), whats more he has the best book to date.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest! 21 Dec 1999
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Steve Bloomer was without question one of the greatest football legends. This very well written biography is unique in focusing on a soccer great from the 1870's. It is a detailed account and would be an interesting read to soccer fanatics throughout the world. Particulary those with interests in the history of the worlds greatest game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read. 11 April 2013
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Far more interesting than reading about a current star of 5 minutes and as well as the story of one of the first great players it also has some of the developement of the game in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

I learnt a few things that I hadn't heard of before.
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