The early years of Steve's playing career coincided with a memorable period in the annals of Black Country sport for numbered amongst his contemporaries were the legendary Jumper, Joe Darby of Netherton and Jack Price, Halesowen's great Marathon runner not to mention a host of fine boxers, footballers and cricketers whose prowess gave the Black Country its formidable competitive reputation.
It was a period when sport provided one of the few avenues of escape from the working class environment.
Steve Bloomer was born at The Round House, located at the corner of Lyde Green and Bridge Street. He displayed his early skills on the flint-hard waste-ground pitches where many a local youngster developed mastery of the ball - which meant any kind of roughly-round object which would roll about.
Readers who were privileged to see him play reckon that Steve Bloomer was the complete inside-forward, possessing uncanny skill, a good turn of speed and a shooting accuracy which was to bring him a goal-scoring record of 352 goals in First Class Football. After playing his early football with Cradley St Peters and having a handful of games for "The Lukes," fate decreed that the young Cradley Heath lad was to travel far from the town of his birth.
The death of Steve's mother was closely followed by his family moving to Derby. It was a move, in soccer terms, which proved to be The Black Country's loss and Derby's gain. He was quickly offered terms by "The Rams" and swiftly became a local idol. Enquiries by 'Bugle' reporters in the Derby area proved that Steve Bloomer's greatness remained undimmed by time and his name was still legend in the area.
Nor was he forgotten in his native town, for his photograph, in England strip, hung over the bar in "The Bridge" tavern at Cradley Heath until it was pulled down.