Bould as Arsenal's assistant manager in 2014
|Full name||Stephen Andrew Bould|
|Date of birth||16 November 1962|
|Place of birth||Stoke-on-Trent, England|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Arsenal (assistant manager)|
|1982||→ Torquay United (loan)||9||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
As a player he was a defender from 1980 until 2000. Bould began his football career with his hometown club Stoke City where he gained a reputation as an impressive young defender. After spending seven seasons with the Potters it was inevitable that Bould would become one of the country's leading centre backs and moved to Arsenal in 1988. At Highbury Bould formed a formidable back line with Tony Adams, Nigel Winterburn and his former Stoke team-mate Lee Dixon and ended up with nine major honours to his name. He left the Gunners in 1999 and ended his playing career with Sunderland.
Since his playing career has ended Bould has worked at the successful Arsenal Academy as Head Youth Team Coach at Arsenal. He has been promoted to assistant manager for the 2012–13 season replacing the long serving Pat Rice.
Born in Stoke-on-Trent, Bould signed for his hometown club Stoke City as a schoolboy in 1978, turning professional in November 1980. He made his debut at right back in a 3–2 defeat away to Middlesbrough in September 1981. However, he was unable to command a regular place in the team, and was loaned out to Torquay United in October 1982 to gain first team experience, playing nine league games for Bruce Rioch's side.
Bould slowly became a regular in the Stoke side after Mick Mills switched to centre-back to replace Paul Dyson. It proved to be a shrewd move as Bould excelled in his new position and became a first team regular for the "Potters". A back injury that required surgery cost him appearances in 1986–87 and arguably Stoke a play-off place. At the of the 1987–88 season it was common knowledge that Bould was now the best defender in Division Two both Arsenal and Everton made approaches for the defender. After discussions Bould chose Arsenal and a tribunal set the price at £390,000 a small fee compared to what Stoke were demanding.
He moved to Arsenal for a fee of £390,000 on 13 June 1988, and became part of Arsenal's "famous back four" defensive line-up, with Tony Adams, Nigel Winterburn and his former Stoke team-mate Lee Dixon. Bould won the First Division title twice in 1988–89 and 1990–91, playing in the club's famous 2–0 victory against Liverpool at Anfield where they won the title in the last minute of the last game of the season. He was voted player of the year by the club's fans for the 1991–92, though it was a less successful season for the club as defending champions, managing only a fourth-place finish in the league and suffering an early exit from the European Cup, as well as a shock first hurdle exit from the FA Cup at the hands of minnows Wrexham.
On 15 August 1992, he had the distinction of being the scorer of Arsenal's first Premier League goal on the opening day of the season at Highbury, breaking the deadlock in the 28th minute although Arsenal went on lose the match 4–2 to Norwich City.
However, injury ruled him out of the FA Cup and League Cup finals that Arsenal won in 1992–93, and his place in the team was taken by Andy Linighan who scored Arsenal's winning goal in the FA Cup final replay against Sheffield Wednesday.
After winning the Cup Winners' Cup final in 1993–94, success eluded Arsenal and Bould for several years, and the arrival of French manager Arsène Wenger in October 1996 led some to speculate the ageing Bould would leave the club (especially as he was now often second-choice behind Martin Keown); instead it spurred a brief revival, and Bould was a member of the squad that won the double in 1997–98 – Bould famously set up Tony Adams with a chipped throughball, for the final goal in Arsenal's 4–0 win over Everton, the match that won them the Premier League title. Two weeks later they won the FA Cup to complete the double.
His final season at Highbury was a disappointing one. Arsenal reached the FA Cup semi finals where they drew with Manchester United to force a replay, and the score was 1–1 in the final minute of the game when Arsenal were awarded a penalty. Peter Schmeichel saved the shot from Dennis Bergkamp which would surely have sent Arsenal through if he had scored, and a winner from Ryan Giggs in extra time ended Arsenal's defence of the trophy. A month later they were beaten to the Premier League by Manchester United.
By now age was not on Bould's side and he moved to newly promoted Sunderland in July 1999 for a fee of £500,000. Following the departure of skipper Kevin Ball in December 1999, manager Peter Reid made him club captain and he helped them finish seventh – just short of a UEFA Cup place. Bould stayed at the Stadium of Light until arthritis contributed to his retirement in September 2000 having played only 21 Premier League games for Sunderland.
Despite forming part of one of the most secure top-flight defences of the late 1980s and early to mid-1990s, Bould won only two caps for England, far fewer than fellow centre half Tony Adams, and didn't make his first full international appearance until the age of 31. Both caps came under Terry Venables in Wembley friendlies against Greece (5–0) and Norway (0–0) at the end of the 1993–94 season.
After retiring, he began working towards his UEFA coaching badges and in June 2001 moved back to Arsenal and became a coach for the youth teams. He was the head coach of Arsenal's U18 Academy side, whom he led to winning the Premier Academy League 2008–2009, 2009–2010 and FA Youth Cup in 2008–2009. On 10 May 2012, it was announced that Steve Bould will become Arsenal's new assistant manager following the retirement of Pat Rice at the end of the season.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Stoke City||1981–82||First Division||2||0||0||0||0||0||–||2||0|
|Torquay United (loan)||1981–82||Fourth Division||9||0||2||0||0||0||–||11||0|
- A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the FA Community Shield, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup & Full Members Cup.
As a player
- Stoke City
- First Division/Premier League: 1988–89, 1990–91, 1997–98
- FA Cup: 1992–93, 1997–98
- Football League Cup: 1992–93
- FA Community Shield: 1991, 1998
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1993–94
As a Manager
- Arsenal Academy
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- Tottenham Hotspur 0–1 Arsenal, arsenal.com. Retrieved 18 May 2010.
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- Liverpool 1–2 Arsenal, arsenal.com. Retrieved 18 May 2010
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