Steve Spooner

Steve Spooner

Born 25 January 1961 (Age 33 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #43)

Total appearances 59 – 3 goals

(37 League, 2 FA Cup, 7 FA Trophy, 6 League Cup, 7 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut:

14 January 1995 (Away VS Rugby)

Final game:

10 April 2001 (Home Kettering Town)

Steve started his career at Derby County, earning his first contract after coming up through the youth ranks in 1978. He only played a total of 8 League games before moving to Halifax Town in January 1982, having a successful 1½ seasons. He played 72 games, scoring 13 goals, before joining Chesterfield. He made nearly 100 appearances for the Spireites, helping them to the Division 4 title during the 1984/1985 season. In 1986, he went to Hereford United for two seasons, before moving on to York City. He started the 1990/1991 season with Rotherham United, but finished the season at Mansfield Town, where he played over 50 games for the Stags. He had a brief spell with Blackpool, before rejoining Chesterfield in 1993. In his two spells at Saltergate, he made 124 appearances, scoring 15 goals. Roger Ashby brought Steve to Nene Park in January 1995, midway through Diamonds first season in the Southern League Premier. At 33 years old, he had made 420 Football League appearances and scored 61 goals. He made his debut as a 78th minute substitute at VS Rugby on 14 January 1995. He quickly became a regular in the side, but the following season, found himself on the bench more often than in the starting eleven.

Steve Spooner

He was released in May 1996, and joined Burton Albion where he finished his playing career. He gained his coaching badges and when the Brewers sacked manager John Barton in September 1998, found himself as caretaker manager with Andy Garner until the appointment of Nigel Clough the following month. He remained at Eton Park until October 2000, when he returned to Nene Park to take up the position of Youth Team coach with Diamonds. He played a further single game for Diamonds, in the Hillier Senior Cup Final in April 2001, but was substitutes after an hour. His reign as Youth Team Coach saw a very successful period for the Youth setup. Under his guidance, the youth side won the Northants Senior Youth League and Cup ‘double’ in 2000/2001, and then finished fourth in their first season in the Football League Youth Alliance before winning their end-of-season Merit Division. He continued in his role as Youth Team coach until the spring of 2002, when he became First Team coach following the departure of Terry Westley, helping Brian Talbot to the Division Three title in 2002/2003.

SPOONER

Steve left the club mid-way through the following season, and in May 2004, joined Derby County as their Centre of Excellence Manager. After a brief period as First Team coach at Notts County, he became the Birmingham City Academy Under-18 coach in July 2006 – a post he continues to hold.

Appearances

1994/1995

BHP

14.1.95

VS Rugby (A)

as sub

DMCQ

16.1.95

Worcester City (A)

FAT1

24.1.95

Sudbury Town (H)

1 goal

BHP

28.1.95

Cheltenham Tn (A)

BHP

4.2.95

Sittingbourne (H)

1 goal

DMCQr

7.2.95

Worcester City (H)

BHP

18.2.95

Atherstone Utd (A)

FAT2

20.2.95

Farnborough Tn(A)

BHP

25.2.95

Gresley Rovers (H)

DMCS/1

28.2.95

Leek Town (H)

FAT3

4.3.95

Halesowen Tn (H)

DMCS/2

7.3.95

Leek Town (A)

BHP

11.3.95

Corby Town (H)

HSCSF

14.3.95

Rothwell Town (A)

BHP

18.3.95

Gloucester City(A)

BHP

21.3.95

Leek Town (H)

FAT4

25.3.95

Enfield (A)

FAT4r

28.3.95

Enfield (H)

BHP

30.3.95

Gravesend&Nflt(H)

BHP

1.4.95

Atherstone Utd (H)

BHP

3.4.95

Hednesford Tn (A)

FATS/1

8.4.95

Woking (H)

BHP

11.4.95

Hednesford Tn (H)

as sub

FATS/2

15.4.95

Woking (A)

BHP

17.4.95

Cambridge City(H)

BHP

22.4.95

Solihull Boro (A)

BHP

24.4.95

Chelmsford City(A)

BHP

29.4.95

Worcester City (A)

BHP

2.5.95

Dorchester Tn (H)

BHP

4.5.95

Sudbury Town (A)

BHP

6.5.95

Sudbury Town (H)

1995/1996

HSCF

29.7.95

Kettering Town (H)

HSCFr

31.7.95

Kettering Town (A)

BHP

21.8.95

ChelmsfordCity(A)

1 goal

BHP

26.8.95

Crawley Town (H)

as sub

BHP

28.8.95

Burton Albion (A)

BHP

2.9.95

Hastings Town (A)

BHP

5.9.95

VS Rugby (H)

as sub

FAC1q

9.9.95

Grantham Tn (H)

as sub

DMC1/1

1.11.95

Kings Lynn (H)

as sub

HSCQF

7.11.95

Long Buckby (H)

FAC1

11.11.95

Cardiff City (H)

as sub

DMC1/2

5.12.95

Kings Lynn (A)

BHP

12.12.95

Gloucester City(H)

as sub

BHP

13.1.96

Atherstone Utd(A)

as sub

HSCSF

30.1.96

Raunds Town (H)

BHP

3.2.96

Worcester City(H)

as sub

BHP

13.2.96

Baldock Town (A)

as sub

BHP

17.2.96

Cheltenham Tn(H)

as sub

BHP

5.3.96

Sudbury Town (H)

HSCF

26.3.96

Rothwell Town (A)

BHP

6.4.96

Cambridge City(H)

as sub

BHP

8.4.96

Sudbury Town (A)

BHP

13.4.96

Newport (H)

BHP

16.4.96

Gresley Rovers(H)

BHP

20.4.96

Gloucester City(A)

BHP

24.4.96

Salisbury City (A)

BHP

27.4.96

Stafford Rgrs (A)

2000/2001

HSCF

10.4.01

Kettering Town (H)

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