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.
  • West Ham Fans Have To Be Allowed To Mourn For Dimitri Payet

    East London cries bitter tears for Dimitri Payet. Trendy aspect of modern football though it may be, his decision to turn his back on West Ham has hurt the club. Part of the decoration around and inside the London Stadium is emblematic of the affection which has been extended to the French midfielder and, consequently, the apparent ease with which Payet is willing to move in will have stung the supporters, the owners and even his teammates. ...

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  • Arsenal Players and Wilful Misinterpretation

    Two incidents from Arsenal's recent draw with Bournemouth stand out: Olivier Giroud's goal-celebration and Alexis Sanchez's reaction to the final whistle. When did football become so detached from society that people stopped treating players like human-beings? ...

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  • Foreign Coaches Have Been Essential To English Football’s Evolution

    Paul Merson drew everybody's ire over the weekend and, quite rightly, has been taken to task for his meandering rant on Sky Sports about Hull City's appointment of Marco Silva. Merson was eviscerated by Football365 on Sunday, by John Nicholson on the same website a day later and, with typical eloquence, Alan Tyers in The Telegraph on Monday morning.  ...

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  • Swansea and Crystal Palace: Re-Emerging Spirit, Growing Fear

    Penny (cent) for those thoughts, Bob Bradley. Over time, it's become accepted that poor performance is always attributable to a manager - his tactics, his relationship with the players, and his powers of organisation. But, so wretched have Swansea been this season, that suspicion too has been directed at the players. Body language is really just a half-science, but it has nevertheless evidenced something untoward: Swansea have been bad this season, but they've frequently accepted that inferiority too readily and too often. Shoulders have sagged too quickly, arms have flailed too often.  ...

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  • Liverpool and Steven Gerrard: Never Again

    Time called on Steven Gerrard at the end of last year, as he brought his career to an end. The nature of modern football means that everything is worthy of comment and so that final retirement - effectively his second in eighteen months - brought the usual obituaries, love letters and, inevitably, irritation. ...

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