Steve Brooker

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Steve Brooker
Personal information
Full name Stephen Michael Lord Brooker[1]
Date of birth (1981-05-21) 21 May 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Newport Pagnell, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Buxton
Youth career
Watford
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Watford 1 (0)
2001 Port Vale (loan) 2 (0)
2001–2004 Port Vale 129 (36)
2004–2009 Bristol City 101 (37)
2008 Cheltenham Town (loan) 14 (5)
2008 Doncaster Rovers (loan) 1 (1)
2009–2011 Doncaster Rovers 13 (1)
2012– Buxton 46 (39)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Stephen Michael Lord "Steve" Brooker (born 21 May 1981) is an English football striker who plays for Northern Premier League Premier Division side Buxton.

He began his career with Watford in 1999, before moving on to Port Vale in 2001, following a short loan spell. With Vale he won the Football League Trophy in 2001. He transferred to Bristol City in 2004, where he would spend the next five years. In 2008 he spent time on loan at both Cheltenham Town and Doncaster Rovers, before he joined Doncaster permanently in 2009. He spent two years with the club before he was released due to injury concerns. He signed with Buxton in October 2012.

Playing career[edit]

Brooker came through the youth system at Watford before joining Port Vale, initially on loan, in January 2001. He signed permanently the following month for £15,000.[2] He helped the "Valiants" to lift the 2001 Football League Trophy, after he scored past Brentford in the final.[3]

Forced to undergo a hernia operation at the start of the 2002–03 season,[4] he recovered to score five goals in thirty games. After he recovered from a hamstring injury that caused him to miss a month at the start of the 2003–04 season,[5][6] he went on to finish the campaign with eight goals in 34 games.

He started the 2004–05 season in tremendous form, scoring for four successive league games in August, including a brace past Hull City. With his contract up in the summer,[7] the next month he was sold to Bristol City for a fee of £225,000.[8] This came days after fans were told he was not for sale and would not be moving by Vale chairman Bill Bratt – a statement that convinced City chairman Stephen Lansdown that "we must now look elsewhere."[9] He went on to have a highly successful season with City, scoring sixteen goals for the club, despite suffering from a broken toe.[10] This gave him a total of 21 goals for both Vale and City in 2004–05, and won him another year on his contract with City.[11] This extended deal quashed rumours of a move to Norwich City.[12]

He was both the club's player of the season and top scorer in the 2005–06 season with sixteen league goals, one of these goals came against former club Port Vale after the player claimed that the boo-boys at Vale Park inspired him to find the net.[13] His form helped the club go from bottom of the league in December,[14] to finish just six points shy of the play-offs. He was rewarded with a new deal with the club, despite having two years remaining on his existing contract.[15]

He scored three goals in 27 games during City's 2006–07 promotion-winning campaign. However on his release from prison in September he found himself battling a catalogue of injuries,[16] that would go on to plague him for a number of years. He missed the start of the campaign with hamstring and knee injuries,[17][18] and picked up a further knee injury in April,[19] which caused him to miss the club's pre-season tour of Latvia.[20][21]

He missed much of the 2007–08 season after being forced to undergo two knee operations.[22][23][24][25] In January Brooker was made available for a loan spell so as to regain fitness, and twenty clubs put in offers.[26] After recovering from illness and a further back injury,[27][28] he joined Keith Downing's League One side Cheltenham Town on a one month loan.[29][30] This deal was later extended by another month.[31] Playing fourteen games with the "Robins", he scored his five goals for the club in the space of six matches,[32] helping the club to avoid relegation into League Two. His form persuaded manager Gary Johnson to re-call him to Bristol.[33][34] On his return to City he scored an emotional late goal against Norwich to send his club top of the table;[35][36] however the "Reds" would have to settle with a play-off place. Overall he played just four games of the club's march to the play-off Final with Hull City, and was not named on the teamsheet in the final itself. Cheltenham were hopeful of signing the striker in the summer,[37] but were denied the chance to have him back on loan,[38] despite City having six strikers on the books.[39]

He started the 2008–09 season well by coming off the bench to get the late winners at Blackpool,[40] Peterborough United,[41] and Coventry City.[42] However he was then struck down by an Achilles injury.[43] On the November loan window deadline day, he joined Doncaster Rovers on a one month loan with a view to a permanent deal.[44] He came on as a substitute for his Rovers debut against Watford and scored with his first touch to give his new team a 1–1 draw.[45] However, he suffered a torn calf muscle in training and returned to Ashton Gate.[46][47] He returned to Rovers permanently for an undisclosed fee in January 2009, penning a two and a half year deal despite not being fully fit.[48] He was initially expected to be rested for two weeks,[49] but soon found himself out of action on a long-term basis after requiring an operation to fix an ankle injury.[50]

He missed the entirety of the 2009–10 campaign with his injury problems. In the 2010–11 campaign he finally made his second appearance for the club, and on 30 April, Brooker scored his second goal for "Donny" when he blasted a 25 half-volley into the net to earn his club a 1–1 draw with Leicester City – the point ensured his club safety from relegation.[51] However he was still released from the club at the end of the season.[52]

In October 2012 he joined Northern Premier League Premier Division side Buxton, after training with the "Bucks" for several weeks trying to build his fitness up.[53] The club finished seventh in 2012–13 and 13th in 2013–14.

Personal life[edit]

On 1 September 2006, Brooker was sentenced to prison for 28 days for his part in a 2005 nightclub brawl,[54] which also saw his Bristol City team mates Bradley Orr and David Partridge imprisoned.[55] Two weeks later, he and Orr were released on license, having served half of their original sentence in custody.[56] The sentence was described by City chairman Stephen Lansdown as 'harsh'.[57]

Statistics[edit]

As of 9 October 2012.
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Other[58] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1999–2000[59] Watford Premier League 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2000–01[60] First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000–01[60] Port Vale Second Division 23 9 0 0 0 0 5 2 28 11
2001–02[61] 41 9 2 1 2 0 3 1 48 11
2002–03[62] 26 5 1 0 1 0 2 0 30 5
2003–04[63] 32 8 1 0 1 0 0 0 34 8
2004–05[64] League One 9 5 0 0 1 0 1 0 11 5
Total 131 36 4 1 5 0 11 3 151 40
2004–05[64] Bristol City League One 33 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 34 16
2005–06[65] 37 16 1 0 1 0 0 0 39 16
2006–07[66] 23 2 2 1 0 0 2 0 27 3
2007–08[67] Championship 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
2007–08[67] Cheltenham Town (loan) League One 14 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 5
2008–09[68] Bristol City Championship 4 2 0 0 2 1 0 0 6 3
Total 101 37 4 1 3 1 2 0 110 39
2008–09[68] Doncaster Rovers Championship 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
2009–10[69] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11[70] 13 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 16 1
Total 14 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 17 2
Career total 261 80 11 2 9 1 13 3 294 86

Honours[edit]

Individual
with Port Vale
with Bristol City

References[edit]

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  12. ^ "City reject Norwich-Brooker link". BBC Sport. 16 June 2006. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  13. ^ "Vale boo-boys inspire City star". BBC Sport. 18 December 2005. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  14. ^ "Brooker embarrassed at City's woe". BBC Sport. 7 December 2005. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
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  16. ^ "Brooker faces hamstring lay-off". BBC Sport. 25 September 2006. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
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  18. ^ "Brooker must delay comeback again". BBC Sport. 9 November 2006. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
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  21. ^ "Brooker back training with City". BBC Sport. 16 August 2007. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  22. ^ "Brooker out to prove his fitness". BBC Sport. 15 February 2008. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
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  25. ^ "Brooker to have second operation". BBC Sport. 12 September 2007. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
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  53. ^ "Buxton bring in Brooker". NonLeagueDaily.com. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
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  55. ^ "Football stars jailed over brawl". BBC Sport. 1 September 2006. Retrieved 12 May 2009. 
  56. ^ "Jailed duo return to Bristol City". BBC Sport. 14 September 2006. Retrieved 12 May 2009. 
  57. ^ "Players' jailing branded 'harsh'". BBC News. 2 September 2006. Retrieved 12 May 2009. 
  58. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Football League Trophy.
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  66. ^ "Games played by Steve Brooker in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
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