Seb Stafford-Bloor


Seb is a Premier League-accredited football writer in Bath, Somerset. He writes regularly for FourFourTwo and acts as content editor of uMAXit.
  • Professional Careers Will Always Hinge On Luck And Circumstance

    As with almost any anecdote concerning Brian Clough, John Robertson’s story is well known. In fact, no Clough biography is complete without loving chapters dedicated to Robertson’s emergence from the haze of the Nottingham nightlife and his rise to becoming one of best players in Europe. His story never grows old: from the shoddy confines of a creaking County Ground to the Olympic Stadium and that perfect cross for Trevor Francis.  ...

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  • Tottenham Fell To Chelsea At Wembley, Not Themselves

    Football isn't always fair. By every reasonable measure, Tottenham should have come through their semi-final with Chelsea on Saturday, having played the better football, dominated possession, and asked the more sustained questions. But, alas, Chelsea emerged. They counter-attacked effectively and took ruthless advantage of some uncharacteristic mistakes and, although he didn't start the game, Eden Hazard was in the right place at the right moment to drill his team into a lead that they would never surrender. ...

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  • Birmingham City’s Harry Redknapp Appointment Is Circumstantially Bearable

    In all likelihood, Harry Redknapp made his own bed. He makes trite remarks, he once had a regular column in The Sun, and he is the car window-lowering, press-briefing, embodiment of the Proper Football Man construct. ...

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  • Manchester United & Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Time To Put Away The Comfort Blanket?

    Great victories have the power to heal, but also to inform. Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Chelsea at the weekend falls into that category, hopefully representing the end of a season spent in the stylistic wilderness, but also potentially the first steps on the road towards something more aesthetically satisfying. ...

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  • Intellectual Wars; Chelsea Need An Imaginative Summer

    One of the questions facing Antonio Conte, once he has collected the Premier League trophy - and possibly the FA Cup too - is how he intends to build on the success of his maiden season. For the moment, his reimagination of Chelsea warrants only acclaim and their impending success deserves to be celebrated. Nevertheless, this victory will bring far more scrutiny than existed upon his arrival in England. Not from the public necessarily, but from those managers who seek to mimic and better his impact, and who will look to counter Conte’s innovations with some their own. ...

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