Brian Stein

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Brian Stein
Personal information
Date of birth (1957-10-19) 19 October 1957 (age 60)
Place of birth Cape Town, South Africa
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Edgware Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1988 Luton Town 388 (127)
1988–1990 Caen 41 (11)
1990–1991 Annecy 14 (3)
1991–1992 Luton Town 39 (3)
1992–1993 Barnet 40 (8)
1994–1995 St Albans City 42 (32)
National team
1983–1984 England U21 3 (3)
1984 England 1 (0)
Teams managed
2007 Luton Town (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Brian Stein (born 19 October 1957) is an English former footballer. Born in South Africa, he played for England, being capped once at senior level for the country in 1984.

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Stein started his career with Edgware Town before signing for Luton Town in 1977 under David Pleat. This was the first of two spells with the club, where he made 427 appearances and scored 130 goals.

Initially a winger, he soon moved into a central striking role where he formed successive prolific partnerships with Bob Hatton and then Steve White as Luton won the Second Division Championship in 1981–822. The following season his striking partner in the top flight was a youngster, Paul Walsh, and Luton took the league by storm with a flurry of bravura attacking performances in the early weeks of the season, including 5-0 and 5-3 home victories over Brighton and Notts County, and a 4-4 draw away to Stoke City. To cap it all Luton then went to Anfield and surprised the Liverpool fans with Stein scoring twice past Liverpool keeper Bruce Grobbelaar, the game eventually finishing 3-3. The initial excitement and promise of the season faded somewhat over the winter as Luton struggled, not least because of Stein missing a substantial part of the season after breaking his foot in December, and by the last game of the season Luton needed to win away at Manchester City to stay in the top division and condemn City themselves to relegation. Stein returned for the game despite lacking match fitness, and played his part with a cross four minutes from time which fell to Raddy Antic to score the winner. The game is primarily remembered for an excited Luton manager, David Pleat, gambolling across the pitch at the final whistle to hug his players.[1]

Strike partner Walsh moved to Liverpool at the end of the 1983-4 season, and Stein then formed an equally strong partnership with Mick Harford. His finest hour came on 24 April 1988 when he scored two goals, including the late winner, in Luton's 3–2 League Cup Final victory against Arsenal.

Stein was released at the end of the 1987–88 season, joining French team Stade Malherbe de Caen. In 1990, he signed for another French team, Annecy. He rejoined Luton for the 1991–92 season, but Luton were relegated at the end of the season, ending a run of ten successive seasons of top flight football, all but three of which Stein was an integral part of. He was a regular player for Luton in the 1991-92 season, but scored just three league goals.

He signed for Barnet in 1992, retiring as a professional player at the end of the 1992–93 season when Barnet were promoted from Division Three despite almost going out of business during the season.

International career[edit]

On 29 February 1984 Stein played for England in 2–0 defeat against France in Paris, a game in which he partnered club teammate Paul Walsh. This was to be his only international cap.[2] That same year he helped England win the 1984 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

Stein returned to Luton in 2000 to work as reserve-team coach. With Mick Harford leaving for Nottingham Forest in 2004, Brian was promoted to assistant manager by then Luton manager Mike Newell. On 15 March 2007, after the sacking of Newell, Luton appointed Stein caretaker manager. He only managed Luton for one match, a 2–0 home defeat to Ipswich Town on 17 March, before being replaced by Kevin Blackwell. Blackwell brought in his own backroom staff, and Stein left Luton at the end of the 2006-07 season.

On 17 November 2008 Stein was appointed chief scout and first team coach at Grimsby Town, reuniting him with Mike Newell.[4] He was promoted to the position of assistant manager on 12 May 2009 after it was decided not to renew the contract of current assistant manager Stuart Watkiss.[5]

Newell was sacked in October 2009, however Stein remained in his position as assistant at least for the next five weeks, despite early speculation that he would leave. He was overlooked for the job of caretaker manager, which instead went to youth team manager Neil Woods. When Woods received the job on a permanent basis, Stein was relieved of his duties on 30 November, and was replaced by Chris Casper.

Personal life[edit]

He is the older brother of former Luton Town, Chelsea and Stoke City striker Mark Stein; another brother, Ed Stein, played for Barnet.[6]


  1. ^ Greenslade, Nick (4 April 2004). "The 10 best managerial celebrations". The Observer. London. Retrieved 25 July 2017. 
  2. ^ "Brian Stein". Sporting Heroes. Retrieved 25 July 2017. 
  3. ^ Courtney, Barrie (10 January 2004). "England – U-21 International Results 1976–1985 – Details". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF). Retrieved 25 July 2017. 
  4. ^ "Stein appointed chief scout". Grimsby Town F.C. 28 November 2008. Archived from the original on 10 December 2008. Retrieved 28 November 2008. 
  5. ^ "Town part company with Watkiss". Grimsby Town F.C. 12 May 2009. Archived from the original on 12 May 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2009. 
  6. ^ "Football's band of brothers". London Evening Standard. 27 July 2002. Retrieved 25 July 2017. 

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