Alan Bloor

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Alan Bloor
Personal information
Full name Alan Bloor[1]
Date of birth (1943-03-16) 16 March 1943 (age 74)[1]
Place of birth Stoke-on-Trent, England[1]
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Centre-half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1978 Stoke City 388 (17)
1967 Cleveland Stokers (loan) 11 (1)
1978 Port Vale 6 (1)
Total 405 (19)
National team
England Youth
Teams managed
1979 Port Vale
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Alan Bloor (born 16 March 1943) is an English former footballer and manager. He made 394 league appearances in the Football League for both Potteries teams.[2]

He spent eighteen years as a centre-half at Stoke City between 1960 and 1978, helping them to lift the League Cup in 1972, before spending a brief association with Port Vale as a player and manager between 1978 and 1979. He also briefly played for American club Cleveland Stokers in 1967. He is fifth in Stoke's all-time appearances list, and was nicknamed "Bluto" by the club's supporters.[3]

Playing career[edit]

Stoke City[edit]

Bloor played centre-half for Stoke-on-Trent schoolboys and won youth caps with England.[3] He started his career with Stoke City in 1960 on his 17th birthday.[4] He made his first team debut on 19 September 1961, playing alongside Eric Skeels in a 1–0 defeat by Brighton & Hove Albion at the Victoria Ground.[3] He played a total of six Second Division games in 1961–62, but did not take to the field in another competitive fixture until the 1964–65 season; he played 15 First Division during the campaign, and scored his first senior goal in a 1–1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford on 23 January. He played 36 games in 1965–66 and 32 games in 1966–67. He was loaned out to Stoke's sister club Cleveland Stokers in 1967, and played 11 United Soccer Association games.

Bloor hit four goals in 43 appearances in 1967–68, and helped the "Potters" to finish three points above the relegation zone. He played 35 games in 1968–69, as Stoke again finished three points above the drop zone. He made 43 appearances in the 1969–70 season and 48 appearances in the 1970–71 season. He played 63 games in the 1971–72 season, including 11 League Cup games. He was a member of 1972 League Cup winning side that beat Chelsea 2–1 at Wembley to claim the club's first major trophy; he was part of a four-man defence along with John Marsh, Mike Pejic, and Denis Smith, playing in front of goalkeeper Gordon Banks.

Bloor played 33 games in 1972–73 and 31 games in 1973–74, helping the "Potters" to win the Watney Cup and finish in fifth in the top-flight. He could only play twice in 1974–75, as he picked up a serious back injury.[5] He scored five goals in 37 appearances in 1975–76, including strikes at Anfield and Old Trafford. He scored twice in 40 appearances in 1976–77, as Stoke were relegated in what was Tony Waddington's last season as manager. Bloor started just five Second Division games in 1977–78, as the club changed managers between George Eastham, Alan A'Court, and Alan Durban.

Port Vale[edit]

He moved to Port Vale, initially as player and youth team coach, in June 1978.[1] He made six Fourth Division appearances in 1978–79, scoring once in a 5–1 win over nearby Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road on 25 August.[1] He settled down to concentrate on his role behind the scenes at Vale Park in September 1978.[1]

Style of play[edit]

Bloor was a fearsome defender and a "voracious tackler".[5] He played alongside Denis Smith for much of his Stoke career, and used his intelligence to read the game and clean up any mistakes the more aggressive Smith made.[6]

Management career[edit]

Bloor was appointed the caretaker manager of Port Vale in August 1979 following the departure of Dennis Butler, and was appointed the position on a full-time basis the following month.[1] He sold Ken Todd to Portsmouth for £20,000, cancelled Ged Stenson's contract, and spent £30,000 on Crewe Alexandra defender Paul Bowles.[1] Losing five of their seven games in October, the "Valiants" drifted to third-from-bottom.[1] Vale went undefeated in the league in November, but Bloor unexpectedly resigned in December 1979, saying he did not 'have what it takes'.[1] Coach Gordon Banks was also dismissed, and he blamed the players for his downfall, claiming they did not like hard work.[1] Bloor later became a carpet salesman.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Playing career[edit]

  • Sourced from Alan Bloor profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stoke City 1961–62 Second Division 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 0
1962–63 Second Division 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
1963–64 First Division 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
1964–65 First Division 15 1 2 0 4 0 0 0 21 1
1965–66 First Division 31 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 36 0
1966–67 First Division 31 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 33 2
1967–68 First Division 37 4 2 0 4 0 0 0 43 4
1968–69 First Division 29 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 34 0
1969–70 First Division 36 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 39 0
1970–71 First Division 36 1 8 0 2 0 6 1 52 2
1971–72 First Division 35 0 9 0 11 0 8 0 63 0
1972–73 First Division 28 2 1 0 2 1 2 0 33 3
1973–74 First Division 27 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 31 0
1974–75 First Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1975–76 First Division 32 5 4 0 1 0 0 0 37 5
1976–77 First Division 37 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 41 2
1977–78 Second Division 6 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 8 0
Total 388 17 38 0 37 1 19 1 482 19
Cleveland Stokers (loan) 1967 USA 11 1 11 1
Port Vale 1978–79 Fourth Division 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Career Total 405 19 38 0 37 1 19 1 499 21
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Anglo-Italian Cup, Texaco Cup, UEFA Cup, Watney Cup.

Managerial career[edit]

Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Port Vale 30 August 1979 1 December 1979 18 5 4 9 27.8
Total[7] 18 5 4 9 27.8

Honours[edit]

with Stoke City

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 33. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ "stats". neilbrown.newcastlefans.com. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Matthews, Tony (18 December 2008). The Legends of Stoke City. Derby, United Kingdom: Breedon Books. pp. 30–1. ISBN 978-1-85983-653-8. 
  4. ^ "Alan Bloor". Retrieved 16 June 2012. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b c Stoke City 101 Golden Greats. Desert Islands Books. 2002. pp. 182–84. ISBN 1-874287554. 
  6. ^ Smith, Denis (2008), Just One of Seven, Know The Score Books, p. 78, ISBN 978-1-84818-504-3 
  7. ^ Alan Bloor management career statistics at Soccerbase
  8. ^ "Some of the stories...". footballsite.co.uk. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 

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