Today, Derby’s 19th Blue Plaque commemorating Derby football legend, Steve Bloomer, has been unveiled on the corner of Peartree Street and Portland Street, close to the footballers Derby home.
A Derby resident and one of Derby County football club’s all-time top scorers (netting 317 goals in 536 First Division games), Steve Bloomer also played for England between 1895 and 1907.
A small ceremony was attended by representatives from Derby City Council, including the Mayor, Councillor John Whitby, and Derby Civic society.
Councillor Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and the Economy commented:
“As a lifelong Derby County fan and season ticket holder, I’m proud to be here today to commemorate the life of a true Derby legend. Steve Bloomer has inspired generations of football fans in Derby and beyond. Along with the bust in the Pride Park Stadium, this blue plaque is a fitting way to remember someone who gave so much to the city and to football.”
The Blue Plaque scheme, which is jointly run by Derby City Council and the Derby Civic Society, is a permanent reminder to people living, working and visiting Derby of the lives and achievements of individuals who helped put Derby on the map. Other Derbians to be commemorated with plaques include: Thomas Evans, Joan Wast and Jacob Rivers VC.