- Jeff Blockley
Jeffrey Paul "Jeff" Blockley (born
12 September 1949) is an English former footballer.
Blockley was born in
Leicesterbut began his career with Coventry City, joining the Sky Blues in 1968. A central defender, he played nearly 150 league matches for Coventry and was capped by the England U23 side. In October 1972 he was snapped up by Arsenal in October 1972 for a fee of £200,000, as the intended replacement for former captain Frank McLintock. He made his debut for Arsenal in a 1-0 loss to Sheffield United on October 7 1972, and four days later made his full England debut, against Yugoslavia, which finished 1-1.
However despite this meteoric rise, Blockley's stay at Arsenal was not a happy one. McLintock had been a linchpin in Arsenal's defence and a fans' favourite, while Blockley's performances in a red and white shirt were notoriously inconsistent, including a disastrous mistake in an
FA Cupsemi-final against Sunderland in 1972-73 which allowed Vic Halomto score; Sunderland ran out 2-1 winners. [cite web
] After McLintock left for QPR in the summer of 1973, Blockley became first-choice in central defence, and Arsenal experienced one of their poorest seasons in recent history; knocked out of both cups by lower-division sides, Arsenal eventually finishing tenth in the First Division.
Frustrated, many of the club's fans laid the blame at Blockley's feet (
Nick Hornbyrecounts in his memoir " Fever Pitch" that Blockley was "an incompetent to rival Ian Ure" [cite book |
author=Hornby, Nick | title=Fever Pitch | publisher=Indigo | year=1992 | id=ISBN 1-84018-900-2
Bertie Meewould later reflect that signing Blockley was the worst mistake he ever made as Arsenal manager. [cite book
author=Soar, Phil & Tyler, Martin
title=The Official Illustrated History of Arsenal
publisher=Hamlyn | year=2005
pages=p.133 ] Blockley's days at Arsenal were numbered – though he was still at Arsenal at the start of the 1974-75 season, he was dropped to allow the promising
David O'Learyto come through, and placed on the transfer list. In January 1975 Blockley was sold to Leicester City for £100,000. In all he played 62 matches for the Gunners, scoring one goal. His England cap against Yugoslavia proved to be his only one.
At Leicester, Blockley had somewhat of a mini-renaissance, helping rescue the side from relegation that season, helping them finish seventh in 1975-76, and eventually becoming club captain. However, injuries continually troubled him and it was clear he would not last forever in the top flight. After 75 league matches in three and a half seasons, he left in 1978 for Notts County, where he spent two seasons, playing 57 league games, before quitting football aged 31.
After retiring, Blockley did not opt for a career in coaching or management and instead became a
salesmanfor a power transmissioncompany. He now owns his own business, Transmech. [cite web
title=Where are they now?
work=Bob's 70-71 Footballers ]
author=Harris, Jeff & Hogg, Tony (ed.)
title=Arsenal Who's Who
publisher=Independent UK Sports
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Jeff Blockley — Pas d image ? Cliquez ici. Biographie Nom Jeffre … Wikipédia en Français
Liste Des Sélectionnés En Équipe D'Angleterre A De Football — Sommaire : Haut A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A … Wikipédia en Français
Liste des selectionnes en equipe d'Angleterre A de football — Liste des sélectionnés en équipe d Angleterre A de football Liste des sélectionnés en équipe d Angleterre A de football Sommaire : Haut A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A … Wikipédia en Français
Liste des sélectionnés en équipe d'Angleterre A de football — Sommaire : Haut A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A … Wikipédia en Français
Liste des sélectionnés en équipe d'angleterre a de football — Sommaire : Haut A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A … Wikipédia en Français
Gloucester City A.F.C. — Gloucester City Full name Gloucester City Association Football Club Nickname(s) The Tigers Founded March 5, 1883 (as Gloucester) … Wikipedia
Liste des footballeurs internationaux anglais — Article principal : Équipe d Angleterre de football. Liste des sélectionnés en équipe d Angleterre A de football (mise à jour le 05.06.11, après le match contre l équipe de Suisse) Joueur Poste Première sélection Dernière sélection Nombre … Wikipédia en Français
Coventry City F.C. — Coventry City Full name Coventry City Football Club Nickname(s) The Sky Blues Founded 13 … Wikipedia
Liam Brady — Football manager infobox playername = Liam Brady fullname = Liam Brady dateofbirth = birth date and age|df=yes|1956|2|13 cityofbirth = Dublin countryofbirth = Republic of Ireland currentclub = Arsenal (as Head of Youth Development) position =… … Wikipedia
Liam Brady — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Brady. Liam Brady … Wikipédia en Français