10 August 2006

Danny Blanchflower

Preceded by
Succeeded by
1953 – 1962


Captain of Northern Ireland at the 1958 World Cup and captain of Spurs' 1961 Double Winning side, Danny Blanchflower was, quite simply, one of the most important footballers of all time...

Name: Robert Dennis Blanchflower
Born: 10 February 1926, Belfast
Died: 9 December 1993, London
Height: 5.09 ft
Weight: 11.11 st
Position: Wing-Half

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 56 Full Caps / 2 Goals (1949-1962); Irish League: 4 Caps (1948-1949); Football League: 1 Cap; Great Britain (1955).
Club Honours: (with Glentoran) Irish Cup Runner-Up 1946/47, 1948/49; (with Tottenham) Football League Champion 1960/61; FA Cup Winner 1960/61, 1961/62; European Cup Winners' Cup 1962/63; (with London FA) Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Runner-Up 1957/58.
Awards: Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year 1958, 1961; FIFA World Cup All-Star Team 1958.

Club Career:
Clubs
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Europe
Others #
Glentoran
45/46-48/49
Feb-42
-
124/ 7
(all games)
Swindon Town
45/46
-
Guest
-
-
-
1/0
Barnsley
48/59-50/51
Apr-49
£6,500
68/ 2
2/0
-
-
Aston Villa
50/51-54/55
Mar-51
£15,000
148/10
7/0
-
-
Tottenham H.
54/55-63/64
Dec-54
£30,000
337/15
33/4
12/2
2/0
London XI *
1955 - 1958
-
Guest
-
-
4/0
-
Toronto City
1961
-
Guest
12/ 3
(Canada)
Boksburg
1962
May-62
Guest
4/ 1
(South Africa)
Durban City
1965
-
Guest
3/ 0
(South Africa)
TOTALS
£51,500
696/38
42/4
16/2
3/0
* The London XI team was specifically created to enter the first edition of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup which ran from 1955-1958.
# Other appearances: Swindon war-time League; Tottenham: FA Charity Shield.

Career Stats:
Competition
App/Gl
FL Division One
485/25
FL Division Two
68/ 2
FA Cup
42/ 2
FA Charity Shield
2/ 0
English War-Time
1/ 0
Irish League *
69/ 1
Irish War-Time *
55/ 6
European Champions’ Cup
8/ 2
European Cup Winners’ Cup
4/ 0
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
4/ 0
Northern Ireland
56/ 2
Irish League Representative
4/ 0
Football League Representative
1/ 0
United Kingdom XI
1/ 0
TOTALS
800/42
* Includes all games in all competitions.

Biography:

To follow.

Irish FA Official Website Biography
Tottenham Hotspur Official Website Biography
My Eyes Have Seen the Glory Fanszine Website Biography
National Football museum Website Biography

"The games is about glory, it is about doing things in style and with a flourish, about going out and beating the other lot, not waiting for them to die of boredom" - Danny Blanchflower (1926-1993)

Blanchflower was also manager of Northern Ireland from 1976-1979 and Chelsea 1978-1979.

Northern Ireland: The Managers
Danny Blanchflower Books

Northern Ireland Cap Details:
01-10-1949 Scotland...... H L 2-8 WCQ
08-03-1950 Wales......... A D 0-0 WCQ
07-10-1950 England....... H L 1-4 BC
01-11-1950 Scotland...... A L 1-6 BC
12-05-1951 France........ H D 2-2 FR
19-03-1952 Wales......... A L 0-3 BC
04-10-1952 England....... H D 2-2 BC
05-11-1952 Scotland...... A D 1-1 BC
11-11-1952 France........ A L 1-3 FR
15-04-1953 Wales......... H L 2-3 BC
03-10-1953 Scotland...... H L 1-3 WCQ
11-11-1953 England....... A L 1-3 WCQ
21-03-1954 Wales......... A W 2-1 WCQ
02-10-1954 England....... H L 0-2 BC
03-11-1954 Scotland...... A D 2-2 BC
20-04-1955 Wales......... H L 2-3 BC
08-10-1955 Scotland...... H W 2-1 BC
02-11-1955 England....... A L 0-3 BC
11-04-1956 Wales......... A D 1-1 BC
06-10-1956 England....... H D 1-1 BC
07-11-1956 Scotland...... A L 0-1 BC
16-01-1957 Portugal...... A D 1-1 WCQ
10-04-1957 Wales......... H D 0-0 BC
25-04-1957 Italy......... A L 0-1 WCQ
01-05-1957 Portugal...... H W 3-0 WCQ
05-10-1957 Scotland...... H D 1-1 BC
06-11-1957 England....... A W 3-2 BC
04-12-1957 Italy......... H D 2-2 FR
15-01-1958 Italy......... H W 2-1 WCQ
16-04-1958 Wales......... A D 1-1 BC
08-06-1958 Czechoslovakia N W 1-0 WCF
11-06-1958 Argentina..... N L 1-3 WCF
15-06-1958 West Germany.. N D 2-2 WCF
17-06-1958 Czechoslovakia N W 2-1 WCF
19-06-1958 France........ N L 0-4 WCF
04-10-1958 England....... H D 3-3 BC
15-10-1958 Spain......... A L 2-6 FR
05-11-1958 Scotland...... A D 2-2 BC
22-04-1959 Wales......... H W 4-1 BC
03-10-1959 Scotland...... H L 0-4 BC
18-11-1959 England....... A L 1-2 BC
06-04-1960 Wales......... A L 2-3 BC 1 goal
08-10-1960 England....... H L 2-5 BC
26-10-1960 West Germany.. H L 3-4 WCQ
09-11-1960 Scotland...... A L 2-5 BC 1 goal
12-04-1961 Wales......... H L 1-5 BC
10-05-1961 West Germany.. A L 1-2 WCQ
07-10-1961 Scotland...... H L 1-6 BC
17-10-1961 Greece........ H W 2-0 WCQ
22-11-1961 England....... A D 1-1 BC
11-04-1962 Wales......... A L 0-4 BC
09-05-1962 Netherlands... A L 0-4 FR
10-10-1962 Poland........ A W 2-0 ENC
20-10-1962 England....... H L 1-3 BC
07-11-1962 Scotland...... A L 1-5 BC
28-11-1962 Poland........ H W 2-0 ENC

Summary: 56/2. Won 11, Drew 16, Lost 29.

5 comments:

Geordie Best said...

The 1957 match programme from Northern Ireland v Wales states that Danny turned down a lucrative coaching offer from the Canadian FA.

Unknown said...

Spells with foreign clubs weren't really taken into account when summing up the careers of British footballers in his day.
Several huge stars spent the odd summer playing bona-fide league football in faraway lands.
Danny Blanchflower actually started his career at Toronto Ulster during WW II.

Later spells:
1961 Toronto City (12 apps, 3 gls)
1963 Boksburg (S.Afr) (4, 1)
1965 Durban City (S.Afr) (3, 0)

I can't swear that these stats are complete, but still...

Unknown said...

Spells with foreign clubs were often ignored when summing up the careers of footballers of his generation.
Several stars spent the odd summer playing league football in faraway lands.

Danny Blanchflower played for the following (at least):

1961 Toronto City (12 apps, 3 gls)
1963 Boksburg (S.Afr.) (4, 1)
1965 Durban City (S.Afr.) (3, 0)

Unknown said...

I'm the one who supplied the Canadian and South African stats on Danny Blanchflower. I mistakingly stated that he played for Boksburg FC in 1963. I should have checked my notes more carefully. It was in May-June of 1962 that Blanchflower starred for the modest mid-table club! The article should be corrected accordingly. Forgive my slackness!

jcd said...

All fixed now. As is my awful mis-spelling of Durban!

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