Articles by Dominic Bliss

Nottingham Forest’s ‘Miracle Men’ Collection

WORDS AND ILLUSTRATIONS: STEVE GULBIS

Inspired by Jonny Owen’s fantastic movie ‘I Believe in Miracles’ and Daniel Taylor’s brilliant book of the same name, football artist Steve Gulbis has designed a colourful collection of postcards and prints commemorating the Nottingham Forest ‘Miracle Men’ and it is simply magnificent…

NFFC European Cup winners

My Five: Back-Post Plunderers

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

Some footballers are blessed with good judgement and a huge leap. They arrive in the right place, at the right time, and pick the right defender to isolate. They are the last men in the world an opposition fan wants to see attacking the far stick from a deep cross. We pay tribute to the back-post plunderers…

Photo Essay: Matchday at Kingstonian

PHOTOGRAPHY: MATT O’SHEA
WORDS: RUPERT CANE

Going behind the scenes at a non-league ground on a matchday is an uplifting experience. Every week, thousands of people up and down the country dedicate their time and love to ensure that their local club brings joy to the community. We visited Kingstonian last month to see it for ourselves…

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My Five: Foreign Football League Stars of the Nineties

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

As the Premier League began to attract increasing numbers of overseas stars in the nineties, the lower leagues remained a largely uncosmopolitan environment, so when a Dutch international, a former Juventus winger and a trio of Spanish ‘amigos’ showed up it tended to grab our attention. We remember five of our favourite Football League foreigners from those heady days…

The Heyday Of The Football Annual

INTERVIEW BY DOMINIC BLISS

A new book celebrating the traditional football annual has been released just in time for Christmas and it really is as good as it looks. Co-author Ian Preece emerged from the dusty archives to tell us a bit more about what we can expect to find in the pages of this majestic hardback book…

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A Thankless Task: The Life Of A Journeyman Coach

WORDS: DAVID FARRELL

In his newly released autobiography, David Farrell offers a rare insight into the day-to-day existence and the burning ambition of a journeyman footballer and coach. In an extract from the book, he reveals how he was forced to face reality when the strain of coaching took its toll and the football work dried up

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Saturday: A London Film School Short

WRITER/DIRECTOR: DAVID ANDERSON

When Sam, a non-league footballer in his mid-30s, is told that he’s going to be phased out of the team in favour of the next generation, it forces him to re-assess his priorities in life. But will he be able to resist the pull back to the game he loves?

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The Journey’s End

WORDS: SAM PARKIN

What goes through the mind of a journeyman professional when he decides to call time on his playing career? Former Ipswich, Swindon and St Mirren striker Sam Parkin recalls the moment when he realised it was time to hang up his football boots and how he coped in the months that followed…

The Day of the Magic Cat

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

As Italy prepare to face Norway tonight, we look back at the moment when a fingertip save spared the Azzurri from World Cup humiliation and denied the Norwegians a shot at unlikely glory. This is the story of Aldo Olivieri, who survived emergency surgery on his skull to inspire Italy to glory in 1938…

Willi Steffen: English Football’s First Swiss Import

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

As England prepare to host Switzerland in a Euro 2016 qualifier tonight, we remember Willi Steffen, the fighter pilot from Bern who became the first Swiss footballer to play in England when he joined Chelsea in May 1946 and left six months later with a black eye and a famous new friend…

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Image: Press Association Images

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