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Steve James

Steve James

Clubs played for: Manchester United, York City, Kidderminster Harriers, Tipton Town (1965-1982)

Born: 1949

Birthplace: Coseley

Position: Centre-back

Biography: The England youth international who joined United as an apprentice in July 1965, before signing professional terms 18 months later in December 1966. He was earmarked as the natural successor to the legendary Bill Foulkes when he retired, and for a while he tried to fill his shoes. He made his debut against Liverpool in October 1968 but it wasn't until the return game with the Merseyside club, two months later, that he got a long run in the team. The arrival of Ian Ure saw his chances limited until Frank O'Farrell took over as manager and gave him another run. But when Tommy Docherty was appointed manager and signed Jim Holton from Shrewsbury Town, his days at the club were numbered and former United boss, Wilf McGuinness, eventually took him to York City in 1975. ended his playing days at Kidderminster Harriers and since leaving football, he has worked in the licensing trade, most recently as steward at the Liberal Club in Cradley.

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James, Steve I used to play football on a local park about 100yds from his house. He had a brother Barry who was also a good footballer and cricketer. I think Steve later ran a pub - The Prince of Wales in Woodsetton.
11-11-22 claude jarrousse

James, Steve My gran lived a few doors up from Steve’s mom and through their connection I got and still have all the Utd players autographs including George Best, Bobby Charlton, Dennis Law and of course, Steve James. I was also told he kicked a ball with me on the bit of grass next to my gran's house but don’t remember it! Would love to be able to write a thank you to him.
24-10-22 Paul Hammond

James, Steve I have a great photo of Steve in action if you want it. Just E mail me
24-02-22 Tim Myatt

James, Steve I use to deliver newspapers to Steves house when he lived in Streford. I hated delivering on a Sunday morning. Steve had Sunday times. In those days the Times were 10 papers rolled into one. Very heavy morning papers for a small lad. When Christmas came round, it was normal to knock on doors for a Christmas tip. I knocked on Steves door he answered the door. Then invited me in to the doorway. His wife was there, She said I have only got loose change. I said its fine, I went away thinking what a very pretty and generous wife Steve has. I used Christmas tips I got from my paper round to buy my Mum brother sister Christmas presents.
23-02-21 Craig Cohen

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