Luther Blissett was considered to be the first ever black player to hit a hat-trick, born in Falmouth, Jamaica, 1st of February 1958, Blissett is an ex-footballer and manager who played for the England national team amid the 1980s.
Blissett was one of the first black footballers to play for England and hit a hat-trick on his first full international match – a 9-0 thrashing of Luxembourg. He never scored in any other international match, which led top tabloids to name him “Luther Missitt“.
However, in that title pursuing season, Blissett scored 27 goals, including four in one game – at home against Sunderland, a match which Watford went ahead to win 8-0 setting up a club record.
Blissett started his career with Watford as an understudy on leaving school in the late spring of 1974. He turned professional in the 1975– 76 season, making three appearances in the Football League Fourth Division and scoring one goal.
Blissett four goalless appearances came in the 1976– 77 season, before he broke into Graham Taylor first team in 1977– 78, his six goals in 33 games helped Watford win promotion to the Football League Third Division. With 21 goals the following season had a major impact on the club’s second successive promotion which took them into the Football League Second Division.
He remained among the club’s top goalscorers throughout the following three seasons as Watford consolidated in the Second Division finally reached the First Division for the first time in 1982, at the end of the season Blissett scored 19 League goals
That summer saw the unexpected move to AC Milan where he was to spend only one season. The speculation regarding Blissett’s move to Italy are various and contradictory, but many suggest that Milan secure the services of the wrong player from England – Milan wanting John Barnes’ services and not those of Blissett.
Blissett played as a striker and is best known for his spell with the Hornets, whom he helped gain promotion from the Fourth Division to the First Division.
As of 2010, Blissett holds Watford’s all-time records for appearances and goals, having presented the Hornet in 503 games and scored 186 goals.
However, Blissett was a crucial element of the Graham Taylor led Watford side that rose up through the lower ranks of English football, to eventually finished second place behind Liverpool in the 1982-83 championship race.
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