|Full name||Steven Kim Book|
|Date of birth||7 July 1969|
|Place of birth||Bournemouth, England|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Cheltenham Town (goalkeeping coach)|
|1993–1994||Brighton & Hove Albion||0||(0)|
|1993–1994||→ Slough Town (loan)||2||(0)|
|1994–1997||Forest Green Rovers||125||(?)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Book represented a number of clubs in the English football league system during a career which began in 1988 at Welton Rovers and concluded with a two-year stint as player-goalkeeping coach at Cheltenham Town between 2010 and 2012. He then retired from playing to focus on coaching at Cheltenham Town.
The son of a former professional goalkeeper, Kim Book, and nephew of the former Manchester City manager Tony Book, Steve began his career on the South-West non-league circuit with clubs such as Paulton Rovers, Welton Rovers, Frome Town and Weston-super-Mare. He moved on to Bath City and spent the initial part of the 1993/4 at Brighton without breaking into the first team though he did make a couple of appearances for Slough Town whilst on loan there. A change of management saw him return to the non-league scene with Frome Town before a period at Lincoln City where he was an unused substitute in a couple of League Cup ties in the 1994/95 season.
Forest Green Rovers
In September 1994 he joined Forest Green Rovers. Although his number of appearances are unknown, he spent three years at the Nailsworth club before an £8,000 transfer took him to Cheltenham Town in July 1997.
He was the first choice goalkeeper at Cheltenham for seven years, leading them to promotion into the League, a F A Trophy win, then into Nationwide Division 2 via the playoffs in 2002. His career at Cheltenham also seen him win England semi-pro honours and The Conference Team of the year 98–99. Could win you a game with some outstanding reflex saves and a habit of saving penalties.
He left Cheltenham in the summer of 2004 and joined Swindon Town.
Swindon Town, Bristol Rovers and Non-League
In July 2005, and without a professional club, the Emerson's Green-based Book linked up with Bristol Rovers for training and also to assist coaching the club's younger goalkeepers. On 16 August 2005 he was appointed goalkeeping coach at Bristol Rovers on a permanent basis, succeeding Phil Kite in the role to allow Kite to concentrate fully on his role as physio. Book combined his coaching role with a playing role with Cirencester Town, debuting for the club in the 2–0 Southern Football League Premier Division victory at Chesham United on 13 August 2005. He made twelve league appearances for the club, the final one in a 1–0 defeat at Aylesbury United on 22 November 2005, before leaving the club and signing non-contract terms with Bristol Rovers where he was given the squad number 25.
As a player, he joined Mangotsfield in the summer of 2006 and on 26 August scored the first goal of his career when a sliced free-kick from his own area managed to outfox the Rugby Town goalkeeper. In June 2007, he departed the club by mutual consent after being told he didn't figure in the plans of newly appointed manager Frank Gregan.
In 2008, he joined Southern League Premier Division side Tiverton Town. Is still goalkeeping coach at Bristol Rovers and holds the level twp coaching badge, UEFA C goalkeeping and UEFA B goalkeeping licence. On 10 June 2010, he agreed to join his former club Cheltenham Town as a part-time goalkeeping coach. In August 2011, at the age of 42, Book was again registered as a goalkeeper at Cheltenham for a League Cup match against MK Dons where he sat on the bench.
|Club||Division||Years)||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||Football League||1993 to 1994||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Slough Town(Loan)||Football Conference||1993 to 1994||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|Lincoln City||Football League||1994 to 1995||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Forest Green Rovers||Football Conference||1995 to 1997||125||?||?||?||?||?||?||?||?||?|
|Cheltenham Town||Football League||1997 to 2004||171||0||20||0||7||0||9||0||207||0|
|Swindon Town||Football League||2004 to 2005||2||0||0||0||1||0||2||0||4||0|
|Bristol Rovers||Football League||2005 to 2006||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Mangotsfield United||Southern League||2006 to 2007||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||1|
|Bristol Rovers||Football League||2007 to 2008||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Tiverton Town||Southern League Premier Division||2008 to 2010||84||0||2||0||1||0||12||0||57||0|
- FA Trophy winners: 1997–98
- Football Conference runners-up: 1997–98
- Football Conference winners: 1998–99
- Third Division play-off winners: 2001–02
- Devon St. Luke's Cup Final runners-up 2008–2009
- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2003). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2003/2004. Queen Anne Press. p. 54. ISBN 1-85291-651-6.
- "Two new faces in training". Bristol Rovers F.C. Official Website. 12 July 2005. Retrieved 14 June 2010.
- "Steve booked in for coaching". Bristol Rovers F.C. Official Website. 16 August 2005. Retrieved 14 June 2010.
- "Steve Book league appearances, 2005–2006 season". SoccerFactsUK.co.uk. Retrieved 14 June 2010.
- "Book signs non-contract forms". 1 December 2005. Retrieved 14 June 2010.
- "Book released – three more to go?". NonLeagueDaily.com. 13 June 2007. Retrieved 14 June 2010.
- "Booky back at Robins". Cheltenham Town F.C. Official Website. 10 June 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2010.
- "Booky on the bench". Cheltenham Town F.C. Official Website. Retrieved 11 August 2011.