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Alex Stepney

Manchester United FC

1 appearance, 1 goal against

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 3: A 1
100% successful

1968-70

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
90

Profile

Full name Alex Cyril Stepney
Born 18 September 1942 at 27 Percy Road, Beddington Corner in Mitcham Junction, Surrey [registered as Alex C. in Mitcham, September 1942]. To John and Doris, third of three children, the others being Eric and Marjorie.
Attended Hackbridge Junior School and Carshalton West Secondary School
Height/Weight 6' 0", 11st. 9lbs [1968].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Biographies In Safe Keeping - Alex Stepney (Pelham Books, September 1969)
Alex Stepney - Alex Stepney (Littlehampton Book Services, October 1978)
Tooting Common to the Stretford End - Alex Stepney and David Saffer (Vertical Editions, October 2010)
 

x. - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).

Club Career

Club(s) Despite playing as a striker for his junior school team, Stepney was in goal for his secondary school team, and then for Achilles Boy Club, a Sunday League team. Also representing Sutton and Carshalton District Schools and a reserve for the London and Surrey Boys team. During his schooldays, Alex was also a ballboy at Stamford Bridge. Shortly after leaving school, an unsuccessful trial at Fulham FC did not deter Stepney, and he was invited to join Tooting and Mitcham United FC, his local side from the Isthmian League, working his way up from the Colts side, through the reserves an dinto the first team. From February 1963, Stepney was assisting the Millwall FC reserves, in a bid to relieve the congestion the big winter freeze caused on most clubs. Such was his form, that despite interest from Blackburn Rovers FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, Stepney signed as a professional for Millwall FC on 13 May 1963.
Club honours Surrey Invitation Cup winners 1961-62; Surrey Senior Shield winners 1961-62;
Individual honours x
Distinctions x

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of two who became the 851st players (851) to appear for England.
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Only match No. 422, 22 May 1968, England 3 Sweden 1, a friendly match at Empire Stadium, Wembley, London, aged 25 years 247 days.
Major tournaments World Cup Finals 1970; European Championship Finals 1968;
Team honours None
Individual honours x
Distinctions x

Beyond England

Left school to become a paint-sprayer, while he played as an amateur. Dermatitis ended his paint spraying and he was employed by Croydon firm, Philips Electrical, in their publicity department.  - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.x.

 

Alex Stepney - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp
Apps
Starts Sub on Sub
off
Mins. GA GA Av.
min
Comp GA Clean
Sheets
Cln
Sht Av
Capt. Disc.
- 1 0 1 0 0 90 1 90 min 0 0 0% none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Alex Stepney - Match Record - All Matches - By Colour of Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home - Blue - Friendly 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 0 0 3.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 0 0 3.00 1.00 100.0 +1

 

Alex Stepney - Match History
 Club: Manchester United F.C. - 1 full cap

Coach: Alf Ramsey - 1 full capx

Age 23
1 u23 3 November 1965 - England 3 France 0, Carrow Road, Norwich Fr HW Start 1
2 u23 24 November 1965 - England 2 Yugoslavia 0, The Dell, Southampton Fr HW Start 1
Age 25
1 422 22 May 1968 - England 3 Sweden 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Start 1
- 423 1 June 1968 - West Germany 1 England 0, Niedersachsenstadion, Hannover Fr AL squad member ?
- 424 5 June 1968 - Yugoslavia 1 England 0, Stadio Comunale di Firenze, Firenze ECF AL 12
- 425 8 June 1968 - USSR 0 England 2, Stadio Olimpico, Roma AW
Age 27
- 443 20 May 1970 - Colombia 0 England 4, Estadio Nemesio Camacho, Olímpico Fr AW squad member ?
- 444 24 May 1970 - Ecuador 0 England 2, Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa, Quito Fr AW ?
- 445 2 June 1970 - Romania 0 England 1, Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara WCF NW 13
- 446 7 June 1970 - Brazil 1 England 0, Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara NL
- 447 11 June 1970 - Czechoslovakia 0 England 1, Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara NW
- 448 14 June 1970 - West Germany 3 England 2, Estadio Guanajuato, León NL

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