Dominic Blizzard

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Dominic Blizzard
Personal information
Full name Dominic John Blizzard[1]
Date of birth (1985-09-02) 2 September 1985 (age 28)[2]
Place of birth High Wycombe, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Plymouth Argyle
Number 11
Youth career
2001–2002 Watford
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2007 Watford 29 (2)
2007 Stockport County (loan) 7 (0)
2007 Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 8 (0)
2007 Milton Keynes Dons 0 (0)
2007–2009 Stockport County 58 (4)
2009–2011 Bristol Rovers 39 (1)
2011 Port Vale (loan) 1 (0)
2011–2013 Yeovil Town 54 (4)
2013– Plymouth Argyle 26 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 3 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Dominic John Blizzard (born 2 September 1985) is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder for Plymouth Argyle in League Two.

Working his way through the Watford youth side, he turned professional at the club in 2002. In 2007 he joined Stockport County and then Milton Keynes Dons on loan, before signing with the Dons permanently later in the year. He left the Dons after just a few months, and then signed with Stockport. In 2009 he transferred to Bristol Rovers, before leaving the club following a brief period on loan at Port Vale in 2011. He signed with Yeovil Town in July 2011, who were promoted out of League One via the play-offs in May 2013. He switched to Plymouth Argyle in June 2013.

Playing career[edit]

Watford[edit]

Blizzard started his career with Watford, signing his first professional contract in April 2002.[3] He made his debut for the club against Norwich City on 24 April 2004 at Vicarage Road, scoring the consolation goal in a 2–1 defeat.[4] This was enough to win him a new contract at the end of the season.[5] After making a number of appearances in 2004–05, he signed a new deal in February 2005 that would keep him at the club until summer 2007.[6] The following month he became a first-team regular when Aidy Boothroyd replaced Ray Lewington as manager.

He started the 2005–06 season in the first-team, but contracted the Epstein–Barr virus in late September and did not play a first-team game for Watford again.[7] He returned to the bench for a single game, on 14 April 2006, wearing a goalkeeper's kit. With second choice goalkeeper Alec Chamberlain out ill, the semi-fit Blizzard took the substitute goalkeeper spot, having played the position as a child. Having made just one first-team appearance in 2006–07, Blizzard spent the second half of the season on loan at Stockport County and Milton Keynes Dons.[8] He played in both of the "Dons" play-off games, which saw them lose 2–1 on aggregate to Shrewsbury Town.

Milton Keynes Dons & Stockport County[edit]

In May 2007, he signed a two-year deal with the MK Dons.[9] However on 8 August it was announced that Blizzard had left the Dons by mutual consent,[10] after new boss Paul Ince was unimpressed with his pre-season performances.[11] Two days later, Stockport confirmed Blizzard would be re-joining the club as a free agent. He helped County into the play-offs during his first season at Edgeley Park, but missed the final itself due to a hamstring injury.

Bristol Rovers[edit]

Despite there being reported interest from Championship clubs, Blizzard joined League One club Bristol Rovers on a free transfer in July 2009, having agreed the deal over a week earlier.[12] He signed a three-year deal.[13] Despite missing most of the pre-season due to suffering from influenza,[14][15] he made his debut as a substitute in a 2–1 defeat to Leyton Orient on 8 August 2009. On 15 February 2010, he made a challenge on Charlton Athletic's Grant Basey that "Addicks" boss Phil Parkinson described as "one of the worst I've seen".[16] Though at first there were concerns that he had broken Basey's leg, the resulting injury turned out to be ankle ligament damage.[17] This came ten days after Blizzard had told that the media that he was frustrated with being left on the bench.[18] He was a regular starter for the rest of the season.[19] On 27 February 2010 he scored his first and only goal for Bristol Rovers against Colchester United.[20]

During the 2010–11 season, Blizzard lost his starting place in the "Pirates" first eleven, as new signing Wayne Brown came in and took his place. He gained his first start of the season in September, after Brown was ruled out with an ankle problem.[21] Two months later manager Paul Trollope announced his intention to try to find a club for Blizzard to join on loan.[22] In March 2011, he joined Port Vale on loan until the end of the season; this reunited him with Jim Gannon, his former boss at Stockport.[23] His spell would last a matter of days however. Arriving on the 18th, he played in the 3–0 defeat to Accrington Stanley on the 19th, and returned to Rovers on the 21st after Gannon was sacked.[24][25] He departed parent club Rovers by mutual consent in June 2011.[26]

Yeovil Town[edit]

In July 2011, Blizzard joined Yeovil Town on a one-year contract.[27] He scored his first goal for the club in the FA Cup, hitting a twenty yard drive in a 3–0 win away to Hereford United.[28] Seven days later, on 19 November, he scored in the 2–2 draw with nearby rivals Exeter City at Huish Park.[29] After returning from a lengthy spell on the sidelines with injury, he scored in a 3–2 defeat at Carlisle United on 25 February.[30] His next goal was in a 3–2 win at home to Chesterfield on 28 April.[31] On 15 May, Blizzard was reported to be one of four players set to leave the club after rejecting manager Gary Johnson's offer of a new contract.[32] However two days later it was announced that he had signed a new one-year deal with the club.[33] Blizzard told BBC Somerset: "I've signed and there was never a point that I wasn't going to sign. I'm happy with the whole environment. That's why I'm willing to sign again."[34]

He made 30 appearances in the 2012–13 campaign, though did not feature in the play-off final victory over Brentford which took the "Glovers" into the Championship.[35] Blizzard was released by Yeovil at the end of the season along with Richard Hinds and Gavin Williams.[36]

Plymouth Argyle[edit]

On 25 June 2013, Dominic agreed to sign a two-year deal with League Two club Plymouth Argyle.[37] He scored his first goal for the club with an "impressive strike from long range" against Southend United in a 1–1 draw at Home Park on 11 January 2014.[38] In total he made 31 appearances for the "Pilgrims" in the 2013–14 campaign as Plymouth posted a tenth place finish.

Playing style[edit]

Blizzard can play anywhere across the midfield, though preferring a central role he can play as an attacking or defensive midfielder.[3] He has been described as a skilled passing footballer.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played on 2 May 2014.[39]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Watford
2003–04[40]
First Division 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
2004–05[41]
Championship 17 1 1 4 0 0 22 1
2005–06[42]
Championship 10 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 11 1
2006–07[43]
Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 29 2 1 0 6 1 0 0 36 3
Milton Keynes Dons (loan)
2006–07[43]
League Two 8 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 10 0
Milton Keynes Dons
2007–08[44]
League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 8 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 10 0
Stockport County (loan)
2006–07[43]
League Two 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Stockport County
2007–08[44]
League Two 27 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 30 2
2008–09[45]
League One 31 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 33 3
Total 65 4 1 0 3 1 1 0 70 5
Bristol Rovers
2009–10[46]
League One 34 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 38 1
2010–11[47]
League One 5 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 7 0
Total 39 1 1 0 3 0 2 0 45 1
Port Vale (loan)
2010–11[47]
League Two 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Yeovil Town
2011–12[48]
League One 30 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 32 4
2012–13[49]
League One 24 1 1 0 2 0 3 0 30 1
Total 54 4 3 1 2 0 3 0 62 5
Plymouth Argyle
2013–14[50]
League Two 26 1 4 0 1 0 0 0 31 1
Total 26 1 4 0 1 0 0 0 31 1
Career totals 222 12 10 1 15 2 8 0 255 15
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Football League Trophy and Play-off matches.

Honours[edit]

Stockport County
Yeovil Town

References[edit]

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  5. ^ "Watford to retain quintet". BBC Sport. 12 May 2004. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
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  9. ^ "Allen starts shake-up at MK Dons". BBC Sport. 21 May 2007. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
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  14. ^ "Rovers' Blizzard playing catch-up". BBC Sport. 24 July 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  15. ^ "Blizzard to miss pre-season trip". BBC Sport. 17 July 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  16. ^ "Referee apologised for decision - Charlton's Parkinson". BBC Sport. 23 February 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  17. ^ "Injury to Charlton's Grant Basey not as bad as feared". BBC Sport. 16 February 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
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  42. ^ "Games played by Dominic Blizzard in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
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  44. ^ a b "Games played by Dominic Blizzard in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  45. ^ "Games played by Dominic Blizzard in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  46. ^ "Games played by Dominic Blizzard in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
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  48. ^ "Games played by Dominic Blizzard in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  49. ^ "Games played by Dominic Blizzard in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  50. ^ "Games played by Dominic Blizzard in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 

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