Gary Blissett

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Gary Blissett
Personal information
Full name Gary Paul Blissett[1]
Date of birth (1964-06-29) 29 June 1964 (age 54)
Place of birth Manchester, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1987 Crewe Alexandra 122 (67)
1987–1993 Brentford 233 (143)
1993–1997 Wimbledon 67 (24)
1995Wycombe (loan) 8 (3)
1996Crewe Alexandra (loan) 10 (4)
1997 Sembawang Rangers
1997–2001 SV Elversberg
Total 404 (128)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Gary Blissett (born 26 June 1964) is an English former professional footballer.

In December 1992, Blissett was acquitted of GBH after challenging for an aerial ball with Torquay United player John Uzzell in an away game at Plainmoor 12 months earlier. It was alleged by Uzzell that Blissett had deliberately elbowed him in the face, fracturing his eye socket, although the court did not agree with this. Blissett has always maintained that the incident was an accidental collision and video evidence of the challenge was deemed to show that Blissett kept his eyes on the ball and, furthermore, that in jumping to head an aerial ball, a player would typically raise one or both arms to gain height.[2][3][4]

Blissett was a prolific scorer in the lower divisions of English football, scoring 210 league goals in 10 seasons (an average of 21 goals per season) for Crewe and then Brentford before being sold to Wimbledon in the summer of 1993. He had picked up a Third Division title medal with Brentford in 1992.

He was a semi-regular player in four seasons at Wimbledon, making 67 FA Premier League appearances and scoring 24 goals. He had a loan spell with Wycombe Wanderers during that time, and also a loan spell back at Crewe, before leaving Wimbledon in 1997 for a brief spell with Sembawang Rangers in Singapore. He then completed his playing career with a four-year spell in Germany playing for SV Elversberg.

He is currently based in Philadelphia, where he and his business partner, Allan Cockram, are coaching under 18's, as well as developing their business; Soccer Sounds.[5]

Honours[edit]

As a player[edit]

Brentford

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gary Blissett". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Football: Blissett denies intent to injure". The Independent. 1 December 1992. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Football: Blissett faced with 'ample evidence'". The Independent. 3 December 1992. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Football: Blissett's case causes confusion: The Blissett-Uzzell case". The Independent. 5 December 1992. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Ex-Premier League players teach soccer using cages and blindfolds". For The Win. 10 July 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Gary Blissett in emotional tribute to Martin Lange after Hall of Fame induction". www.brentfordfc.co.uk. Archived from the original on 5 January 2016. Retrieved 27 December 2015.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

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