Steve Blatherwick

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Steve Blatherwick
Personal information
Full name Steven Scott Blatherwick
Date of birth (1973-09-20) 20 September 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Hucknall, England
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Central defender
Youth career
1989–1991 Notts County
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1992 Notts County 0 (0)
1992–1997 Nottingham Forest 10 (0)
1994 Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 2 (0)
1995 Hereford United (loan) 10 (1)
1997 Reading (loan) 7 (0)
1997–1998 Burnley 24 (0)
1998 Chesterfield (loan) 2 (0)
1998–2006 Chesterfield 223 (10)
2007–2009 Gainsborough Trinity 0 (0)
Total 278 (11)
Teams managed
2009 Gainsborough Trinity (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Steven Scott "Steve" Blatherwick (born 20 September 1973 in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire) is an English former footballer who played as a defender from 1991 to 2006.

He spent much of his career playing for Chesterfield; however, he had previously played in the Premier League with Nottingham Forest. He also played in the Football League with Notts County, Wycombe Wanderers, Hereford United, Reading and Burnley. He retired from the game at the age of 32, on medical advice after suffering a back injury.[1] He later became a coach at non-league club Gainsborough Trinity and briefly managed the club in a caretaker capacity before leaving the game to set up his own sports management company.

Playing career[edit]

He started his career at Notts County but did not make a first team appearance for the Magpies. In August 1992 he made the short trip across the River Trent to Nottingham Forest. During a five-year spell at the City Ground he started just 10 league matches and had spells on loan at Wycombe Wanderers, Hereford United and Reading.

In July 1997 he signed for Burnley for a £125,000 fee. But little over a year later he was on loan at Chesterfield, making the move permanent in December 1998 for a fee of £50,000. He was to spend the rest of his career at Saltergate and helped them win promotion to Division Two in 2001. He retired from playing in October 2006 at the age of 33. He recently had a testimonial match with former club Nottingham Forest, in which Chesterfield won by one goal to nil thanks to a goal by veteran striker Wayne Allison.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

In 2007 Blatherwick joined former Chesterfield team mate Dave Reeves on the coaching staff at Gainsborough Trinity, with new manager Steve Charles installing Reeves as Assistant Manager, and Blatherwick as a Coach. He was also registered as a makeshift player but so far has not been named on any squad sheet due to the injury problems that caused his retirement. In August 2009, following the dismissal of Steve Charles, both Blatherwick and Reeves were appointed joint caretaker managers, but following the completion of one game in this role, the pair departed the club.

Personal life[edit]

Steve now lives and works in Burnley, where he has set up his own sports management company called "Elevate Sports Management"[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blatherwick forced to quit game, BBC Sport. Retrieved on 10 March 2007.
  2. ^ Arise Sir Steve Blatherwick!, Spirezine.co.uk. Retrieved on 10 March 2007.
  3. ^ http://www.elevate-sports.co.uk/