Steve Sumner

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Steve Sumner
Personal information
Full name Steven Paul Sumner
Date of birth (1955-04-02) 2 April 1955 (age 60)
Place of birth England
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Youth career
Blackpool F.C.
Preston North End
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1980 Christchurch United 147 (36)
1981 Newcastle United 18 (3)
1982 West Adelaide SC 12 (2)
1983–1986 Manurewa AFC 66 (29)
1987 Gisborne City 25 (6)
1988–1989 Christchurch United ? (?)
National team
1976–1988 New Zealand 58 (22)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Steven Paul Sumner (born 2 April 1955) is an English-born, New Zealand football player, who was captain of the national team during the country's first successful campaign to qualify for the World Cup, in 1982.

Club career[edit]

Sumner began his football as an apprentice at Blackpool before moving to New Zealand in 1973 to play for Christchurch United, winning the National League in his first year. Sumner went on to win 6 Chatham Cups and 5 league titles.[1] He is the only player to have won six Chatham Cup winners medals.[2]

International career[edit]

His international career spanned from 1976 to 1988, including a record 105 appearances for New Zealand (beating the record previously held by Brian Turner),[3] 58 of which were A-internationals.[4]

An active and attacking midfielder, Sumner scored a national record six goals during New Zealand's 13–0 defeat of Fiji during the 1982 World Cup qualifying campaign. He was also one of New Zealand's only two scorers in the 1982 World Cup Finals tournament in Spain (along with Steve Wooddin), in New Zealand's 5–2 loss to Scotland.[5] He was the first player of the FIFA Oceania zone to score in a World Cup.

In 1991 he was inducted into the New Zealand Soccer Media Association Hall of Fame[6] and was then awarded FIFA's top award, the FIFA Order of Merit, before the opening of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, along with Johan Cruyff and former South African president Thabo Mbeki.[7]


Since retiring Sumner has maintained his involvement in football, being employed by TVNZ as a media personality. More significantly he also sits on the Executive Board of the Wellington Phoenix bringing much needed professional playing experience to the table.




Christchurch United


Gisborne City


  1. ^ "Exclusive interview: Steve Sumner". Retrieved 8 August 2008. 
  2. ^ Hilton, T. (1991) An association with soccer. Auckland: The New Zealand Football Association. ISBN 0-473-01291-X. p. 176
  3. ^ "All Whites – 50 Caps Club". NZ Football. Archived from the original on 22 July 2008. Retrieved 8 August 2008. 
  4. ^ "A-International Appearances – Overall". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. 1 June 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2008. 
  5. ^ "NZ 1982 World Cup". New Zealand Football. Archived from the original on 23 July 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2008. 
  6. ^ "Hall of fame". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. 1 June 2008. Retrieved 29 July 2008. 
  7. ^ a b "All Whites great Sumner awarded top honour". 10 June 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "Honours List". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. 1 June 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2008. 

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