History of Steve's career in Professional football
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Steve's career as a Professional Footballer
I joined Wolverhampton Wanderers at 15 years of age from Cudworth West End WMC whilst training with Wath Wanderers who were the Wolves nursery side in Barnsley. I was spotted by Mark Crook who was the Northern Area Scout for Wolves and invited to sign Apprenticeship Forms by Manager- Bill McGarry.
Having signed Professional during the 1970/71 Season I made my debut against Southampton at Molineux scoring the 4th goal in a 4-2 win. Also during this season I was picked to represent England in the youth team against Spain in Pamplona, once again scoring on my debut in the 2-0 victory. This performance prompted selection for the EUFA World Youth Championships in Czechoslovakia being victorious in the final beating Poland 2-1. Another debut was against Hungarian Champions - Ferencvaros in the Semi-Final of the EUFA Cup, I scored the opening goal after 17 seconds in a 2-1 win.
More success followed having a regular first team place with Wolves and gaining 15 England ‘B��� Caps.
In September 1979 I joined Manchester City for a then British record transfer fee of £1,437,500. Having signed a ten year contract and leaving after just two, it soon became obvious it was not the most successful transfer in football!
With the barrage of bad press that followed I jumped at the chance to cross the Atlantic and join Seattle Sounders in the NASL. Playing alongside the likes of Alan Hudson, Bruce Rioch, Kenny Hibbitt, David Nish, Roy Greaves, Peter Ward, Gary Mills and Roger Davies restored my confidence and lifted my game. Being named in the1982 and 83 ‘NASL All Star Team’ which included such greats as Beckenbaur, Neeskens, Gerd Muller, Carlos Alberto, Pele and George Best was a fantastic honour.
A return to Britain was made possible following a conversation with John Bond who was the Manager at Burnley. The football was challenging and the fans were great but at the end of the season the Chairman and Manager convinced me the sunshine and beaches of San Diego were hard to resist!
My final season as a pro was 1985/6 with Alan Buckley at Walsall FC. A season with non-league Lye and Kettering Town followed. I went on to join Rhyl FC, Telford United and finally Bromsgrove Rovers as Manager.
I consider myself highly privileged to have enjoyed so many years doing a job that I loved - even if at times it was badly!