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Luther Blissett

Watford FC, AC Milan

14 appearances, 3 goals

P 14 W 5 D 5 L 4 F 21: A 9
*(actual F 19: A 5)
54% successful

1982-85

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
768

Profile

Full name Luther Loide Blissett (*Actual for and against are the goals scored
while the player was on the field.)
Born 1 February 1958 in Falmouth, Jamaica
Moved to London, aged six, brought up and lived in Willesden, North London. Attended Willesden High School
.
Married to Veronica M.H. Maginley [registered in Watford, December 1986]
Height/Weight 5' 10½", 11st. 13½lbs [1982].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990]

Novels Q (Heinemann, 2003)
  "For a British public increasingly hooked on its own history, the first half of the 16th century means royal divorce and a fat king's pragmatic conversion to protestantism. On mainland Europe, however, the new faith was decidedly more apocalyptic: Luther's attack on the church spawned ever more radical sects, which spread like a theological contagion through the German states and the Netherlands. By the time the Anabaptists emerge, intent on forging God's kingdom free from clerical interference and with communal ownership and no marriage, the new heresies have become politically insurgent, their beliefs rooting in the fertile ground of poverty, illiteracy and despair to produce a kind of inchoate early Marxism."

Club Career

Club(s) Started his football career with Kingfisher Youth FC of the Brent Sunday League. He was spotted by Watford FC who signed him in July 1975. After 246 league appearances and 95 goals, he was signed by AC Milan on 5 July 1983 for a million pound fee. He scored five goals in thirty league appearances. Rejoined Watford FC in August 1984 for £550,000, making another 127 league appearances and scoring another 44 goals. Joined AFC Bournemouth in November 1988 for a £60,000 transfer fee, going on to make 121 league appearances, scoring 56 goals. Blissett made another return to Watford in 1991 and made another 42 league appearances, scoring another nine goals (total record 415 league appearances, record 148 goals). He spent 1992-93 on loan with West Bromwich Albion FC, playing three league matches, scoring once. Signed for Bury FC in 1993, where he scored once in ten league appearances. Spent time away on loan, at Derry City FC in the League of Ireland (four league appearances, one goal), at Mansfield Town FC (five league appearances, one goal), and at Southport FC (five league appearances and two goals). He retired following a season with Fakenham Town FC of the Eastern Counties League.
Club honours Football League Division Four winners 1977-78; Football League Division Three runners-up 1978-79; Football League Division Two runners-up 1981-82; Football League runners-up 1982-83;
Individual honours PFA Division Three Team of the Year 1978-79;
Distinctions Watford FC hall of fame 2003

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number 960th player to appear for England.
Position(s) Forward
First match No. 571, 13 October 1982, England 1 West Germany 2, a friendly match at Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, substitute (80), aged 24 years 254 days.
Last match No. 589, 2 June 1984, England 0 USSR 2, a friendly match at Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, aged 26 years 122 days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1982-83, 1983-84;
Team honours British Championships winners 1982-83;
Individual honours England B (one appearance), England U21 (four appearances)
Distinctions Was one of the fifty ambassadors to promote England 2018 World Cup bid.

Beyond England

After retiring from playing, he returned to Watford as a coach in February 1996 until June 2001. Spent time as a York City FC coach and then took over as manager of Southern League side, Chesham United FC on 16 February 2006 until the end of the 2006-07 season. Currently coach at Hemel Hempstead FC sinch March 2010.

 

Luther Blissett - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Starts Sub on Sub off Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
17 14 10 8 6 3 768 3 256 min 3 none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Luther Blissett - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 8 4 1 3 16 6 +10 3 4 2.00 0.75 56.3 +1
Away 6 1 4 1 5 3 +2 3 3 0.833 0.50 50.0 =0
All 14 5 5 4 21 9 +12 6 7 1.50 0.643 53.8 +1

 

Luther Blissett - Match Record - By Colour of Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
White 13 5 4 4 21 9 +12 5 6 1.615 0.692 53.8 +1
Red 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 1 1 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0
All 14 5 5 4 21 9 +12 6 7 1.50 0.643 53.8 +1

 

Luther Blissett - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L

ECP

5 3 1 1 14 1 +13 2 4 2.80 0.20 70.0 +2
ECF 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 =0
European Championship 5 3 1 1 14 1 +13 2 4 2.80 0.20 70.0 +2
British Championship 5 2 2 1 5 3 +2 2 2 1.00 0.60 60.0 +1
Friendly 4 0 2 2 2 5 -3 2 1 0.50 0.80 25.0 -2
All 14 5 5 4 21 9 +12 6 7 1.50 0.643 53.8 +1

 

Luther Blissett - Match Record - Tournament Matches
European Championship Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
ECP 1983-84 5 3 1 1 14 1 +13 2 4 2.80 0.20 70.0 +2
ECP All 5 3 1 1 14 1 +13 2 4 2.80 0.20 70.0 +2
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1982-83 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 1 2 1.333 0.333 83.3 +2
BC 1983-84 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1 0 0.50 1.00 25.0 -1
BC All 5 2 2 1 5 3 +2 2 2 1.00 0.60 60.0 +1
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
EC 5 3 1 1 14 1 +13 2 4 2.80 0.20 70.0 +2
BC 5 2 2 1 5 3 +2 2 2 1.00 0.60 60.0 +1
All 10 5 3 2 19 4 +15 4 6 1.90 0.40 65.0 +3

 

Luther Blissett - Match History
 Club: Watford F.C. - 9 full caps

Coach: Bobby Robson - 14 full capsx

Age 24
1 571 13 October 1982 - England 1 West Germany 2, Wembley Stadium, Wembley Fr HL sub 80 16
0-1 when substituting
2 573 15 December 1982 - England 9 Luxembourg 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley ECP HW Start

53, 62, 86
10
Age 25
3 574 23 February 1983 - England 2 Wales 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley BC HW Start 8
4 575 30 March 1983 - England 0 Greece 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley ECP HD sub 73 16
0-0 when substituting
5 576 27 April 1983 - England 2 Hungary 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley ECP HW Start 10
6 577 28 May 1983 - Northern Ireland 0 England 0, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AD Start off 66 10
0-0 when substituted
7 578 1 June 1983 - England 2 Scotland 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley HW sub ht 15
1-0 when substituting
8 579 12 June 1983 - Australia 0 England 0, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney Tour AD Start off 59 9
0-0 when substituted
- 580 15 June 1983 - Australia 0 England 1, Lang Park, Brisbane AW squad/sub ?
9 581 19 June 1983 - Australia 1 England 1, Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne AD sub 69 x
0-0 when substituting
 Club: A.C. Milan - 5 full caps  
10 582 21 September 1983 - England 0 Denmark 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley ECP HL sub 77 x
0-1 when substituting
11 583 12 October 1983 - Hungary 0 England 3, Népstadion, Budapest ECP AW Start off 74 10
0-3 when substituted
Age 26
12 587 2 May 1984 - Wales 1 England 0, Racecourse Ground, Wrexham BC AL sub 77 x
1-0 when substituting
13 588 26 May 1984 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AD Start 10
14 589 2 June 1984 - England 0 USSR 2, Wembley Stadium, Wembley Fr HL Start 10
 Club: Watford F.C. - 0 full caps  
- 593 12 September 1984 - England 1 GDR 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley Fr HW squad member
1 b 13 November 1984 - England B 2 New Zealand 0, City Ground, Nottingham Fr HW Start off 85 9
Age 27
- 598 1 May 1985 - Romania 0 England 0, Stadionul 23 August, Bucureşti WCP AD replacement squad member

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