Steve Potts (footballer)

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Steve Potts
Personal information
Full name Steven John Potts[1]
Date of birth (1967-05-07) 7 May 1967 (age 47)
Place of birth Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1983–1984 West Ham United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–2002 West Ham United 399 (1)
2002–2003 Dagenham & Redbridge 21 (0)
Total 420 (1)
Teams managed
2011–2012 West Ham U16s
2012– West Ham U18s
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Steven John "Steve" Potts (born 7 May 1967 in Hartford, Connecticut, United States) is an American born English football coach and former professional footballer. He played as a defender and is associated with his time spent at West Ham United. He also represented the English national team eleven times at youth level.

Football career[edit]

Potts started his career at West Ham United as an apprentice in 1983, making his first appearance against Queens Park Rangers on 1 January 1985. Known as Pottsy,[2] he played for West Ham United for the next seventeen years. Primarily a fullback, Potts developed into a 'utility' player, he spent large portions of his career playing at centre-half despite being undersized for such a position. He also on occasion featured in midfield.

Potts was West Ham United Club captain for a 3 years between 1993 and 1996, and was voted Hammer of The Year in 1993 and 1995, and runner up in both 1992 and 1994. During his career he amassed a total of 505 appearances for the club (good enough for ninth place in the club's all-time appearance charts),[2] scoring only one goal, in a 7–1 win against Hull City in 1990. His last competitive appearance for the club was on 7 March 2001 against Chelsea,[3] although he stayed on until 2002.

Potts transferred to Dagenham & Redbridge on 13 September 2002 and played there for a full season before retiring from football. In August 2011 he was appointed as coach for the West Ham United under-16 team.[4]

Potts was promoted to manage the West Ham United under-18 team in December 2012,[5] taking charge of a 1–0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in his maiden game.

Personal life[edit]

In August 2007, he completed The Knowledge and qualified to drive a Hackney carriage.[2] In 2008, he ran the London Marathon in aid of the charity Children with Leukaemia, raising £24,052.99 in the process.[6]

His son, Daniel is a professional footballer and currently plays for West Ham United.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
West Ham United 1984–85 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1985–86 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1986–87 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
1987–88 8 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 11 0
1988–89 28 0 7 0 6 0 2 0 43 0
1989–90 32 0 1 0 7 0 2 0 42 0
1990–91 37 1 7 0 2 0 1 0 47 1
1991–92 34 0 5 0 3 0 2 0 44 0
1992–93 46 0 2 0 2 0 6 0 56 0
1993–94 41 0 6 0 3 0 0 0 50 0
1994–95 42 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 48 0
1995–96 34 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 40 0
1996–97 20 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 22 0
1997–98 23 0 5 0 4 0 0 0 32 0
1998–99 19 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 22 0
1999-00 17 0 1 0 1 0 8 0 27 0
2000–01 8 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 11 0
West Ham United total 399 1 42 0 42 0 22 0 505 0
Dagenham & Redbridge
2002–03 21 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 24 0
Dagenham & Redbridge total 21 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 24 0
Career total 420 1 43 0 44 0 22 0 529 1

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Player Details: Steve Potts". The English National Football Archive. SoccerData. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Potts the marathon man | News | Latest News | News | West Ham United". Whufc.com. Retrieved 16 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Chelsea ease past poor Hammers". BBC. 7 March 2001. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Carr welcomes Potts return". www.whufc.com. 10 August 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Potts prepared for Under-18 debuyt". www.whufc.com. 11 January 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Steve Potts 2008 Flora London Marathon www.bmycharity.com
  7. ^ "Scholars sign up | News | Latest News | News | West Ham United". Whufc.com. Retrieved 16 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Steve Potts". westhamstats.info. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 

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