Steve Biggins

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Steve Biggins
Personal information
Full name Steven James Biggins[1]
Date of birth (1954-06-20) 20 June 1954 (age 62)[1]
Place of birth Lichfield, Staffordshire, England[1]
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Hednesford Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1982 Shrewsbury Town 146 (41)
1982–1984 Oxford United 59 (22)
1984–1986 Derby County 10 (1)
1985 Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) 4 (0)
1986 Port Vale (loan) 4 (0)
1986 Trelleborg
1986–1987 Exeter City 14 (2)
Telford United
Worcester City
Total 247+ (66+)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Steven James Biggins (born 20 June 1954) is an English former footballer. A forward, he scored 66 goals in 237 league games in a fifteen-year career in the Football League.[2]

Starting at Hednesford Town, he signed to Shrewsbury Town for £6,000 in December 1977, and helped the "Shrews" to the Third Division title in 1978–79, and also featured in Welsh Cup finals in 1979 and 1980. Transferring to Oxford United for £8,000 in July 1982, he helped the club to the Third Division title in 1983–84 and the Second Division title in 1984–85. He moved on to Derby County in October 1984. He had brief loan spells with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Port Vale, as both Derby and Port Vale won promotion in 1985–86. He spent a brief period playing in Sweden for Trelleborg, before returning to England to play for Exeter City and non-league sides Telford United and Worcester City.

Playing career[edit]

Biggins was a pupil at the Shire Oak Grammar School (now Shire Oak Academy) in Brownhills, West Midlands. He began his career at non-league Hednesford Town before being signed by Third Division side Shrewsbury Town for £6,000 in December 1977. The Gay Meadow club went on to finish the 1977–78 campaign in 11th place. New manager Graham Turner then led the "Shrews" to the Welsh Cup and the Third Division title in 1978–79, they had though finished just two points ahead of fourth placed Gillingham. They retained their Second Division status in 1979–80 with a comfortable mid-table finish. They also competed in the final of Welsh Cup, losing 5–1 to Newport County.[3] Shrewsbury dropped to 14th in 1980–81, just three points above the relegation zone. They dropped to 18th in 1981–82, two places and two points above the drop.

He was sold to Third Division club Oxford United for £8,000 in July 1982. The "Yellows" finished fifth in 1982–83, two places and two points short of promotion. Biggins was their leading goalscorer with 24 goals in all competitions in 1983–84, as manager Jim Smith led Oxford to the Third Division title. However, Biggins soon moved on again, joining Derby County in October 1984; Oxford would go on to finish top of the Second Division. Despite moving back down to the third tier, the striker was unable to hold down a place under Arthur Cox at the Baseball Ground. The "Rams" finished seventh in 1984–85, and Biggins also had a brief spell on loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers.[4] Derby won promotion in third place in 1985–86, though he spent a four-game period on loan at Port Vale, who John Rudge led to promotion out of the Fourth Division that season.[1] He had a short spell with Trelleborg in Sweden, before returning to England to join Exeter City on a non-contract basis. He played 14 Fourth Division games for the "Grecians" in 1986–87. He moved on to Telford United, scoring 20 goals for the Conference side in 1987–88. He later played for non-league side Worcester City.

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Steve Biggins profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Shrewsbury Town 1977–78 Third Division 9 7 0 0 0 0 9 7
1978–79 Third Division 45 9 8 3 2 1 55 13
1979–80 Second Division 37 13 1 0 3 0 41 13
1980–81 Second Division 33 9 2 0 5 1 40 10
1981–82 Second Division 22 3 2 0 4 1 28 4
Total 146 41 13 3 14 3 173 47
Oxford United 1982–83 Third Division 10 1 0 0 4 1 14 1
1983–84 Third Division 42 19 5 2 11 3 58 24
1984–85 Second Division 7 2 0 0 2 0 9 2
Total 59 22 5 2 17 4 81 28
Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) 1984–85 Second Division 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Port Vale (loan) 1985–86 Fourth Division 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Derby County 1984–85 Third Division 10 1 1 0 1 0 12 1
1985–86 Third Division 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 10 1 1 0 2 0 13 1
Exeter City 1986–87 Fourth Division 14 2 1 0 2 0 17 2
Career Total 237 66 20 5 35 7 292 78

Honours[edit]

with Shrewsbury Town
with Oxford United
with Derby County
with Port Vale

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 29. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ "Stats". neilbrown.newcastlefans.com. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "WELSH CUP FINAL 1979/80". wfda.co.uk. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Matthews, Tony (2001). The Wolves Who's Who. West Midlands: Britespot. ISBN 1-904103-01-4. 
  5. ^ Kent, Jeff (1990). "From Rags to Riches (1979–1990)". The Valiants' Years: The Story Of Port Vale. Witan Books. pp. 258–290. ISBN 0-9508981-4-7.