Thursday, July 9 – 1914
At the annual meeting of the Derby County Football Club last week, it was noticed that Steve Bloomer’s name did not appear in the list of the players signed on again for the next season, nor was it mentioned amongst those who had been transferred.
Speculations has naturally been rife as to the intentions of the famous international, but all rumours have been set at rest now by the departure of Bloomer this week for Germany, he having accepted a position as coach to a Berlin club for the coming season.
Bloomer’s connection with Derby County extends over 17 years, he is without doubt the most brilliant player ever connected with that club, and his wonderful deeds will be talked about in football circles for years to come.
He has gained all the honours it is possible for a footballer to obtain barring the much-coveted medal for winning the English Cup. He has represented England on 23 occasions, having played against Scotland ten times, Wales seven, and Ireland six. In 1897, 1899, 1902 and 1905 he played in all three internationals.
He has also been a prominent figure in inter-league matches.
He was always the idol of the crowd at Derby, and there was considerable feeling when the club transferred him to Middlesbrough in the latter portion of the season 1905-6. In that season Bloomer scored the goal in the match which decided that Middlesbrough should remain in Division 1.
Bloomer returned to Derby in September, 1910, and had a wonderful reception when he reappeared in his old club’s colours. He helped Derby to regain their position in the 1st Division, but later lost his place in the team.
Last season he figured in the league team on five occasions, but turned out pretty frequently for the reserves, for whom he practically acted as coach.
With his vast experience Bloomer should make a splendid coach, and his many friends will join in wishing him every success.
(Derby Daily Telegraph, 09-07-1914)