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Steve Bloomer:
The Story of Football’s First Superstar

Peter Seddon

What was it that made Steve Bloomer, the ‘Destroying Angel’, so special? A remarkable goalscoring record and supreme ability count for much, but so do an enigmatic personality and a life packed with incident.

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. His famous playing career shares space with other remarkable episodes in Bloomer’s life – his bravery through four years in a German prison camp, his first tentative steps into coaching in Germany, Holland and Spain, and a novel use for olive oil!

Steve Bloomer died in 1938, but 60 years later, at their new Pride park stadium, Derby County ran out to the unique anthem Steve Bloomer’s watching. Over a century after he made his debut, his name is still the greatest in the club’s history.



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