Steve McCall

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Steve McCall
Personal information
Full name Stephen Harold McCall
Date of birth (1960-10-15) 15 October 1960 (age 53)
Place of birth Carlisle, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Ipswich Town (scout)
Youth career
1978–1979 Ipswich Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1987 Ipswich Town 257 (7)
1987–1992 Sheffield Wednesday 29 (2)
1990 Carlisle United (loan) 6 (0)
1992–1996 Plymouth Argyle 100 (5)
1996–1998 Torquay United 39 (1)
1998–2000 Plymouth Argyle 33 (1)
2000–2001 Workington ? (?)
Total 464+ (16+)
National team
1981–1982 England U21 6 (0)
1984 England B 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Stephen Harold "Steve" McCall (born 15 October 1960) is a retired English footballer who now works as a scout for Ipswich Town.

A defensive midfielder during his playing days, McCall built a reputation as a cultured midfield player, with immaculate passing ability.[1] He began his career with Ipswich Town and quickly progressed to the first team under the management of Bobby Robson. McCall helped the club win the UEFA Cup in 1981, and he went on to win six England U21 caps during the next year. He left Portman Road in 1987, having made more than 300 appearances for the club, to join Sheffield Wednesday. His time with them was blighted by injury, and he spent time on loan with his home town club, Carlisle United in 1990. Two years later, he joined Plymouth Argyle and became a key player for Peter Shilton's side. He won the clubs Player of the Year award in his first two full seasons at Home Park, reflecting his impact on the team.

He briefly managed the club in 1995 following the departure of Shilton and stayed on as a member of the playing squad when Neil Warnock was appointed. He then moved to Torquay United in 1996 as a player-coach for Kevin Hodges and returned to Home Park two years later with Hodges. He went into non-league football in 2000 with Workington, where he finished his playing career. Following retirement, he returned to Ipswich Town, initially as a scout and then as a coach. Under the management of Paul Jewell, he is now their chief scout.

Playing career[edit]

Ipswich Town[edit]

He made his name at Ipswich Town, where his greatest achievement was winning the UEFA Cup in the 1980/81 season, beating AZ Alkmaar 5-4 on aggregate, with Steve playing an influential part in his team's victory. He joined Ipswich Town in 1978 as an apprentice, being scouted from the north-west where Town legend Kevin Beattie was also born and went on to make 329 appearances for Town, standing as a record of consecutive appearances until 2001, being beaten by Goalkeeper Richard Wright. During this time he received one B cap against New Zealand. Never a goalscorer, Steve scored 11 goals in his 9 seasons at Ipswich before he was sold for £300,000 to Yorkshire side Sheffield Wednesday.

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

His time at Sheffield Wednesday was unfortunately not so successful, as he spent much of his 4 seasons sidelined with a range of injuries, limiting his collection of appearances to only 36, scoring only 2 goals. In the midst of an unfortunate run at Wednesday, Steve achieved a childhood dream by being loaned to his home team and lifelong supported Carlisle United, where he spent only a few months making 6 appearances without a goal.

Plymouth Argyle[edit]

Towards the end of the 1991-92 season, Steve was sent down south, being sold to Plymouth Argyle for £25,000, where he would go on to become one of Argyle's greatest ever players, winning player of the season two years in a row in 1993 and 1994, only the second player in Argyle's history to achieve such a title (the other being Paul Mariner, one of Steve's ex-team mates). As if given a new lease of life, Steve enjoyed a period of rich form in his two occasions at Plymouth Argyle, making 275 appearances in a total of 6 years at the club. In 1995 Steve enjoyed a short rein as caretaker manager at Plymouth, being replaced by Neil Warnock.

Torquay United[edit]

Sandwiched between his two spells at Plymouth, Steve joined Torquay United for free from 12/07/1996 to 24/06/1998, joining former Plymouth team mate and manager Kevin Hodges as Torquay United's management team. In the 1997-98 season, Steve lived another childhood ambition - to play at Wembley, when Torquay played out a close fought match against Colchester United. The dream of playoff glory was short lived however, as the favourites for promotion were beaten 1-0 by a Colchester penalty. The close season saw Mick Jones - manager of Plymouth lose his job, and Hodges and McCall took the position at their former club, in a reign that lasted a further two years.

Return to Plymouth Argyle[edit]

Steve's playing career ended in 2000 at Plymouth Argyle, also seeing him lose his job at the hands of a low league position, which turned out to be another turn in his career. He appeared in the famous Jimmy Glass game against Carlisle, in which the goalkeeper scored in the 94th minute to keep Carlisle United in the Football League.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

In 2001, Steve hooked up with former team mate and close friend George Burley as European scouting Co-Ordinator at Ipswich Town, and progressed through the ranks as initially Scout, and when Joe Royle took over, became Reserve Team Manager and First Team Coach. It is here that Steve McCall is currently working, now under the management of Paul Jewell, as Chief Scout, enjoying life back at the club his career started with almost 30 years ago.

In 2006 he took part in Masters football.

Career statistics[edit]

Club Joined Left Joining Fee League FA Cup League Cup Other
Apps. Goals Apps. Goals Apps. Goals Apps. Goals
Ipswich Town 05/10/1978 03/06/1987 Apprentice 249 (8) 7 23 (1) 1 29 (0) 0 18 (1) 3
Sheffield Wednesday 03/06/1987 26/03/1992 £300,000 21 (8) 2 1 (0) 0 2 (3) 0 0 (1) 0
Carlisle United 08/02/1990 LOAN 6 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (3) 0 0 (1) 0
Plymouth Argyle 26/03/1992 12/07/1996 £25,000 97 (3) 4 6 (0) 0 5 (0) 0 6 (0) 0
Torquay United 12/07/1996 24/06/1998 Free 32 (7) 1 0 (0) 0 3 (1) 0 2 (0) 1
Plymouth Argyle 24/06/1998 04/10/2000 Free 125 (8) 5 10 (2) 0 8 (1) 0 6 (0) 1

International[edit]

GAME DATE VENUE TYPE
England U21 vs Switzerland 31/05/1981 Neuenburg, Switzerland EC Qualifier
England U21 vs Hungary 05/06/1981 Keszthely, Hungary Friendly
England U21 vs Hungary 17/11/1981 City Ground, Nottingham EC Qualifier
England U21 vs Scotland 28/04/1982 Maine Round, Manchester EC Qualifier
England U21 vs West Germany 21/09/1982 Bramall Lane, Sheffield EC Qualifier
England U21 vs West Germany 12/10/1982 Weser Stadium, Bremen EC Qualifier
England B vs New Zealand 13/11/1984 City Ground, Nottingham

Honours[edit]

As a player[edit]

Ipswich Town
Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Steve McCall profile". Plymouth Argyle. Retrieved 6 August 2010.
  2. ^ Metcalf, Rupert (10 May 1999). "Carlisle raise a Glass to survival - Carlisle United 2 Plymouth Argyle 1". London: The Independent. Retrieved 14 August 2009. 

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