Articles by Dominic Bliss

Dusty Books and Draconian Officials

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

Old football books can give us an insight into attitudes and behavioural norms that have long been abandoned by the game. Ivan Sharpe’s ’40 Years in Football’ gives an outrageous example of the way officials used to deal with dissent in the early twentieth century. Now, it reads like the stuff of satire…

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Eight By Eight: Not Your Average Football Mag

INTERVIEW: DOMINIC BLISS

Their striking design spreads have been doing the rounds on Twitter since they launched issue one last year, and shortly after the launch of issue two, Eight by Eight magazine are beginning to make a name for themselves around the world. I caught up with the team behind America’s latest football publication

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The Lost Boys Of Totti’s Roma

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

They counted Francesco Totti and Gianluigi Buffon as equals and were considered to be the stars of Italian youth football in the early 1990s, but many of AS Roma’s youth league-winning class of 1993 never tasted the fame and fortune of footballing success. A new documentary seeks to find out more…

AS Roma youth players celebrate clinching the Scudetto in 1993

Arthur Hopcraft: The Football Man

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

We are hardly short of football writing nowadays, but sometimes it pays to look back at what our predecessors had to say about the game. In the late 1960s, Arthur Hopcraft found the perfect balance of anecdotes and analysis as he profiled the game’s great characters in The Football Man

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Hardcore Like Kamil Glik

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

The tower under the Maratona, Kamil Glik is an imposing opponent at the heart of the Torino defence at the best of times, but his no-nonsense approach has seen him become the subject of a hip-hop track about his no-nonsense approach and the contrast it paints next to the hair-wax heroes he marks…

Anthony Clavane: Football’s Forgotten Tribe

INTERVIEW: DOMINIC BLISS

We speak to the award-winning author of Does Your Rabbi Know You’re Here? about the historic significance of football to the British Jewish community, the unique issues faced by Jews in our national game and the London exhibition celebrating this often-overlooked cultural relationship…

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Four Four Jew

INTERVIEW: DOMINIC BLISS

As the London Jewish Museum prepares to open the doors to its exhibition about the relationship between the British Jewish community and football, we speak to curator Jo Rosenthal about the striking stories and the collective cultural soul searching that we can expect from Four Four Jew…

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The Triumph and Tragedy of “Wee Hughie”

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

From Airdrie to Newcastle and Chelsea to Derby, Hughie Gallacher was a footballing hero from a bygone age. One of the game’s first truly controversial characters, he lit up the stage for club and country before falling to depression when his playing days were up, but Wee Hughie’s legend lives on…

Hughie Gallacher at Newcastle

Shattered Dreams And Second Chances

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

After signing for his boyhood club as a teenage goalkeeping prodigy, Michael Stensgaard was in dreamland at Anfield, but a freak injury ended his Liverpool dream before he played a single game. This is a story of setbacks, comebacks and bad backs, but ultimately the will of a man who wouldn’t give up

Stensgaard returned to football with Danish giants FC Copenhagen (Morten Bjorn Jensen)

My Five: Unheralded English Left Feet

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

For all the national team’s woes when it came to solving the “left-sided problem”, the English actually boasted an enviable collection of educated left feet in the Nineties. Leaving aside the famous names, we take a look at five fan favourites of the Nineties and the wands they wielded on their left limbs…

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