Danny Blanchflower: A Biography
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Danny Blanchflower: A Biography of a Visionary by Dave Bowler (Hardback, 1997)
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Robert Dennis Blanchflower, Danny as he was known, was born at Dunraven Park, Bloomfield, Belfast, son of a shipyard worker, and a mother who played football with a factory women's team in Belfast. Blanchflower attended Ravenscroft School where he was awarded a scholarship to Belfast College of Technology. A keen footballer from an early age, in his teens he would sometimes play three times on a Saturday: for the school in the morning, the Boys' Brigade in the afternoon, and a local league team in the evening; by the summer of , he had set up his own football club, Bloomfield United, which competed in the East Belfast Summer League.
He left the College prematurely to work as an apprentice electrician at Gallaher's cigarette company in Belfast, and in joined the Royal Air Force, lying about his age to do so. He spent a period of time in Canada for air force training, and on his return to Belfast in , returned to play with Glentoran, one of the more prominent clubs, having joined them as an amateur in Blanchflower's talent was soon spotted by Barnsley FC in England who signed him in By now his profile as a player was of a right-sided midfielder who could "read" a game very accurately he had notably accurate anticipation and was quick at intercepting opposition moves , and was also a highly accurate passer of the ball.
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Also in , on October 1st, he played for Northern Ireland for the first time he went on to make 56 international appearances. He disagreed with some of the training methods at Barnsley, and left to join the First Division club Aston Villa. Though he became captain of the team, he disagreed with training methods there as well, principally what he saw as lack of training with footballs.
In he moved to the prominent London club Tottenham Hotspur, where, though he had further disagreements about management of the team, he nevertheless became captain. He also captained the Northern Ireland team at the World Cup finals in Sweden, where the team drew admiration from round the world, Blanchflower being singled out as seeming to be on both wings of the pitch at once, and making what were called "unerring" passes.
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This was the first time Northern Ireland had qualified for the finals, and once there qualified for the second phase. Back in England, Blanchflower was central to the building-up of Tottenham into the first team in the century to win the English League Championship and the FA Cup in one season, , making them the leading team in England, and one much admired for its style of play as well as its success.
The following year they won the FA Cup again and the year after that, the European Cup-winners' Cup, the first British team to claim a European trophy. By now though, Blanchflower was missing games through injury, and his age was against him. He last played for Tottenham's first team in November In Blanchflower retired as a player but had already been active in journalism for some years, starting in the early s; he published in various papers including the Birmingham Evening Mail and then, after his move to Tottenham, for the London Evening News.