continued....

This was a tremendous period in Steve's career and his excellent form at right back earned him an England call up at the age of thirty. Steve was included in the initial 1982 World Cup squad and won his first full England cap in a warm up game, coming on as substitute against Iceland in Reykjavik in 1982. In the same year Steve was awarded "Footballer of Year" by the Football Writers Association. The appearance in Reykjavik would be Steve's only full England cap and it is thought that his versatility was the main problem
for him not gaining more England recognition.

Steve was back at Wembley in the 1982 Milk Cup Final where Spurs met Liverpool who went on to win 3-1 after extra time. Spurs reached the UEFA Cup Final in 1984 meeting Belgium side Anderlecht over a two legged tie. The first leg in Brussels ended in a one all draw and due to suspension Steve missed the second leg at White Hart Lane.
Spurs went on to win in a penalty shoot-out.

In 1984 Steve was awarded an MBE for his services to football. After a long and distinguished playing career the 85-86 season would become Steve's last for Spurs. After an illustrious Spurs career Steve enjoyed a brief spell at Oxford United, making a handful of appearances, before joining third division Brentford as a player/assistant manager. Steve continued to play whenever needed, even after becoming manager and was still playing at the age of thirty seven. His last professional game came in the 1989-90 season, making a playing career spanning twenty years. Whilst player/manager at Brentford Steve was on the verge of joining an elite group of players who made 1,000 appearances.

LEAGUE
FAC
FLC
EURO
OTHERS
SEASON
APP
GLS
APP
GLS
APP
GLS
APP
GLS
APP
GLS
1969-70
23
1
4
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1970-71
42
3
5
-
6
1
-
-
3
-
1971-72
39
1
5
-
6
1
12
3
2
-
1972-73
41
2
3
-
10
1
10
-
-
-
1973-74
39
1
1
-
1
-
12
-
-
-
1974-75
42
6
2
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
1975-76
40
6
2
1
6
-
-
-
-
-
1976-77
42
1
1
-
2
-
-
-
-
-
1977-78
42
1
2
-
2
-
-
-
-
-
1978-79
42
1
7
1
2
-
-
-
-
-
1979-80
40
1
6
-
2
-
-
-
-
-
1980-81
42
2
9
-
6
-
-
-
-
-
1981-82
42
1
7
-
8
-
8
-
1
-
1982-83
33
1
3
-
2
-
3
-
1
-
1983-84
41
1
4
-
3
-
11
-
-
-
1984-85
42
1
3
-
5
-
8
-
-
-
1985-86
23
1
5
1
4
-
-
-
5
-
Spurs
655
31
69
2
66
3
64
3
12
-
1985-86
9
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1986-87
8
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Oxford Utd
17
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1986-87
24
-
3
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1987-88
21
-
1
-
2
-
-
-
3
-
1988-89
5
-
2
-
1
-
-
-
1
1989-90
3
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1
Brentford
53
-
6
-
3
-
-
-
5
Total
725
31
75
2
69
3
64
3
17
-

Others:
1970-71 texaco Cup, 1971-72 Anglo-Italian Cup-Winners Cup, 1981-82 and 1982-83 FA Charity Shield, 1985-86 Screen Sport Super Cup, 1987-88 onwards Associate Members Cup.

 


 

 

 

 


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