Steve Bloomer was the David Beckham of his time, even earning himself a boot deal which was unheard of over 100 years ago.

Shaun Wilson


In 1906, just a year after stunning the football world by buying Alf Common for £1,000, Boro pulled off a sensational coup when signing Bloomer from Derby County.

He is rightly lauded as an all-time legend for the Rams, scoring well over 200 goals for the club. He was also England’s top scorer at the time, a record that stood for over half a century.

After 4 seasons with Boro, where he averaged nearly 1 goal every 2 games, he returned back to Derby and captained the side to promotion.

His goals came from all angles, from tap-ins to 25 yard rockets, and he finished his career with 380 first class goals.

In 1914 with unfortunate timing, he took a coaching position in Germany and was interned as a POW.

After the war, he coached Derby reserves and also worked abroad in Germany, Holland, Canada and Spain. He was still working at The Baseball Ground, when in failing health, he was sent on a cruise, but he died three weeks after his return in 1938.

His memory lives on with a bust of him situated next to the Derby County dugout.