Tim Steele (footballer)

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Tim Steele
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Steele in 2011
Personal information
Full name Timothy Wesley Steele [1]
Date of birth (1967-12-01) 1 December 1967 (age 55) [1]
Place of birth Coventry, England [1]
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) [2]
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
1985–1989 Shrewsbury Town 61 (5)
1989–1993 Wolverhampton Wanderers 75 (7)
1992Stoke City (loan) 7 (1)
1993–1994 Bradford City 11 (0)
1994–1996 Hereford United 32 (2)
1996–1997 Exeter City 24 (3)
1997–2001 Tamworth
2001–200? Sutton Coldfield Town
Managerial career
2001 Tamworth (caretaker manager)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Timothy Wesley Steele (born 1 December 1967) is an English former professional footballer who played as a midfielder for Bradford City, Exeter City, Hereford United, Shrewsbury Town, Stoke City and Wolverhampton Wanderers. [1] [3]


Steele began his career with Shrewsbury Town where he spent four years before moving to Wolverhampton Wanderers. He helped Wolves gain promotion in 1988–89 before he lost his place in the side to Andy Thompson. He joined Stoke City on loan in 1991–92 before leaving for Bradford City permanently in the summer of 1993. He then played for Hereford United and Exeter City.


Steele was born in Coventry and started his playing career with Shrewsbury Town making his debut as a substitute at home to Fulham during the 1985–86 season he played eleven times in 1986–87 scoring once and then scored 4 goals in 37 matches in 1987–88 as the "Shrews" continued to avoid relegation. However they began the 1988–89 terribly and were well on their way to relegation. He left Shrewsbury in February 1989 in favour of a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers and under the management of Graham Turner Wolves won the Third Division title in 1988–89. Steele played in 15 matches in 1989–90 and 32 matches in 1990–91 but saw his place taken by Andy Thompson in December 1991. He joined Third Division Stoke City on loan in February 1992 and played seven matches for the "Potters" during the 1991–92 season scoring once in his final match against Exeter City. [3] He was rarely used by Wolves in 1992–93 making just four appearances and was released at the end of the season.

He joined Bradford City with whom he played 14 times scoring once before signing for Hereford United in January 1994. He spent two and a half years at Edgar Street making 28 appearances scoring twice and ended his career with a season at Exeter City where he played 25 times scoring three goals.

In July 1997, Steele joined non-league side Tamworth. In an eventful five years with The Lambs, Steele briefly managed the team after the departure of Paul Hendrie, and even played a game in goal after goalkeeper Darren Acton was sent off for handling the ball outside of his area, Steele went on to keep a clean sheet. At the end of the 2000–01 season, Steele was released by Tamworth and went on to play for Sutton Coldfield Town, he has since retired.

Career statistics

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition [4]
ClubSeasonLeagueFA CupLeague CupOther [lower-alpha 1] Total
Shrewsbury Town 1985–86 Second Division 2000000020
1986–87 Second Division111000000111
1987–88 Second Division333003110374
1988–89 Second Division151001010171
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1988–89 Third Division 111000020131
1989–90 Second Division151000000151
1990–91 Second Division281102120322
1991–92 Second Division173103100214
1992–93 First Division4000000040
Stoke City (loan) 1991–92 Third Division7100000071
Bradford City 1993–94 Second Division110003100141
Hereford United 1993–94 Third Division202000000202
1994–95 Third Division5010201090
1995–96 Third Division70100020100
Exeter City 1996–97 Third Division243000010253
Career total21018301448023522


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