Steve Gritt

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Steve Gritt
Personal information
Full name Stephen John Gritt
Date of birth (1957-10-31) 31 October 1957 (age 61)
Place of birth Bournemouth, England
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Ebbsfleet United (Assistant Manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1977 Bournemouth 6 (3)
1977–1989 Charlton Athletic 347 (24)
1989 Walsall 20 (1)
1989–1993 Charlton Athletic 33 (1)
Teams managed
1991–1995 Charlton Athletic
1996–1998 Brighton & Hove Albion
2000 Millwall (caretaker)
2004–2010 Charlton Athletic Academy
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Stephen John "Steve" Gritt (born 31 October 1957 in Bournemouth) is the assistant manager at Ebbsfleet United and an English former football player and manager. His playing career included spells at Charlton Athletic, Bournemouth and Walsall.

Playing career[edit]

Gritt spent most of his playing career with Charlton Athletic, after joining from home town club Bournemouth in 1977. In his first spell with Charlton, he experienced one relegation to the Third Division (1980), one promotion to the Second Division (1981) and one promotion to the First Division (1986). In 1989, he moved to Walsall for a brief spell but soon returned to Charlton. In his second spell, he experienced another relegation in 1990.

In all, Gritt made 435 appearances for Charlton, with 26 goals, placing him fifth on Charlton's all-time appearance list. He played a further two seasons after being appointed manager, retiring in 1993. He later had brief spells with non-league teams Welling United and Tooting & Mitcham after leaving Charlton in 1995.

Managerial career[edit]

Gritt was named as joint player-manager of Charlton in 1991, alongside Alan Curbishley. In his four-year tenure, Gritt helped to lay the foundations for future successes under Curbishley, who succeeded him as sole manager in 1995. Several key players were debuted under the joint managers, including Lee Bowyer, John Robinson, Richard Rufus and Shaun Newton, and went on to be important components of Charlton's successful team of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Gritt was made manager of Brighton & Hove Albion in 1996, who were at the time eleven points adrift at the bottom of the Football League. He was able to turn Brighton's form around, and they successfully avoided relegation to the Conference on the final day of the 1996–97 season. Brighton were never in danger of relegation the following season, but the club's board had higher expectations and Gritt was fired in 1998. Nevertheless, Gritt is still fondly remembered by the Seagulls' supporters.[1]

Gritt later moved to Millwall and became reserve-team manager. In 2000, he had a short spell as caretaker manager of the Lions and was then assistant manager to Mark McGhee until 2003. In June 2004, Gritt returned to Charlton in the role of academy manager.[2] It is little known that Gritt's first attempt at football management was in 1980 as manager of amateur Medway Area Sunday League team Hever Farm. This was whilst still a player with Charlton Athletic whose Manager decided the two did not mix and he was ordered to quit managing the amateur team.

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 7 March 2015

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Charlton Athletic England 24 July 1991 15 June 1995 206 76 50 80 036.89
Brighton & Hove Albion England 11 December 1996 25 February 1998 62 14 18 30 022.58
Millwall (caretaker) England 17 September 2000 25 September 2000 2 2 0 0 100.00
Total 270 92 68 110 034.07

Personal life[edit]

Gritt suffered a tragedy on 7 December 2002 when his 18-year-old daughter Hayley died as a result of cancer. Hayley, who had battled a brain tumour for 10 years, was a lifelong Charlton supporter and a season ticket holder at The Valley, even after her father's departure from the club in 1995.[3] Gritt has been involved in numerous fundraising activities for cancer charities ever since.[4]


  1. ^ "Steve Gritt – Message Book". Retrieved 20 November 2007.
  2. ^ "New Charlton role for Gritt". BBC. 17 June 2004. Retrieved 20 November 2007.
  3. ^ "Valley View (from This Is Local London)". Retrieved 20 November 2007.
  4. ^ [1]

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