Articles by Dominic Bliss

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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Massimo Bonini: San Marino’s Champion

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

You might not know it but the San Marino national team once boasted a European champion in their midsts. Massimo Bonini won the lot as the metronome at the heart of Giovanni Trapattoni’s Juventus in the 1980s before becoming a Sammarinese hero when he captained and coached his homeland…

Rise Of The Independent Football Mag

Despite the proliferation of football websites and blogs over the past decade or two, there are still many who believe there is a place for the good old football magazine. We take a look at some of the independent British publications to have sprung up in recent times and ask what makes them special

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Felice Borel: Crossing the Turin Divide

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

Ahead of this weekend’s Derby della Mole, we revisit the career of a Juventus hero who played a key role in the development of Torino’s greatest-ever team. Felice Borel, the man who crossed the city three times, influencing two of the most successful club sides in Italian football history…

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