Ray Bloomfield

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Ray Bloomfield
Personal information
Date of birth (1944-10-15) 15 October 1944 (age 69)
Place of birth London, England
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Kensington Boys
Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964-1966 Aston Villa 3 (0)
1967-1970 Atlanta Chiefs 67 (7)
1971-1973 Dallas Tornado 29 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Raymond George "Ray" Bloomfield (born 15 October 1944 in Kensington, London)[1] is an English former professional footballer who played in the Football League as a forward for Aston Villa,[2] in the National Professional Soccer League for the Atlanta Chiefs, and in the North American Soccer League for Atlanta and the Dallas Tornado.[3] He is the younger nephew of footballer Jimmy Bloomfield.[4][5]

As a young player he represented England at schoolboy level, where he played alongside David Pleat, Barry Fry and Ron Harris,[6] and at youth level.[1]

In the 1960s and early 1970s he was on the books of Arsenal, but never played a senior competitive match. In August 1964, Bloomfield signed with Aston Villa, where he played three league matches before his contract was cancelled by mutual consent 8 November 1966.[1][2] In 1967, he moved to the United States to play for the Atlanta Chiefs, first in the National Professional Soccer League and then in the North American Soccer League. He won two NASL championships, in 1968 with Atlanta and in 1971 with the Dallas Tornado, where he ended his professional playing career.[3][7]

He later became a players' agent.[5][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Bloomfield, Raymond George". Aston Villa Player Database. Jörn Mårtensson. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Aston Villa : 1946/47 – 2008/09". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "North American Soccer League Players Ray Bloomfield". NASL Jerseys. Dave Morrison. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Pegasus Lose To F.A. Schools XI". The Times. 17 April 1961. p. 4. "After the break, Bloomfield, the talented younger brother of the Birmingham City player, scored against the run of play... R.Bloomfield (Arsenal)" 
  5. ^ a b Beasley, Rob (1 February 1998). "I brought Bilic to West Ham - but I never got paid!" (reprint). News of the World (NewsBank). Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Schoolboys' Team Unchanged". The Times. 22 April 1960. p. 21. 
  7. ^ "North American Soccer League (NASL) 1967-1984". American Soccer History Archives. Dave Litterer. 8 February 2005. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "Suker spurned MLS for Arsenal". Sports Illustrated (CNN/SI). Associated Press. 3 August 1999. Retrieved 4 February 2010.