Steve Guinan

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Steve Guinan
Personal information
Full name Stephen Anthony Guinan
Date of birth (1975-12-24) 24 December 1975 (age 41)
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Nottingham Forest
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1999 Nottingham Forest 7 (0)
1995 Greensboro Dynamo (loan) 12 (4)
1995 Darlington (loan) 3 (1)
1997 Burnley (loan) 6 (0)
1998 Crewe Alexandra (loan) 3 (0)
1998–1999 Halifax Town (loan) 12 (2)
1999 Plymouth Argyle (loan) 11 (7)
1999 Scunthorpe United (loan) 3 (1)
1999–2000 Cambridge United 6 (0)
2000–2002 Plymouth Argyle 30 (3)
2002 Shrewsbury Town 5 (0)
2002–2004 Hereford United 75 (39)
2004–2007 Cheltenham Town 92 (13)
2007 Hereford United (loan) 16 (7)
2007–2009 Hereford United 71 (18)
2009–2011 Northampton Town 39 (5)
2010–2011 Forest Green Rovers (loan) 18 (5)
2011–2013 Kidderminster Harriers 43 (7)
Total 452 (112)
National team
2004 England C 4 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Stephen Anthony "Steve" Guinan (born 24 December 1975) is an English former footballer who played for Nottingham Forest, Greensboro Dynamo, Darlington, Burnley, Crewe Alexandra, Halifax Town, Plymouth Argyle, Scunthorpe United, Cambridge United, Shrewsbury Town, Hereford United, Cheltenham Town, Northampton Town, Forest Green Rovers and Kidderminster Harriers.


Steve was born in Birmingham and started his career as a trainee at Nottingham Forest. He signed his first professional contract in January 1993 but despite showing great promise, only appeared in seven first team matches, 4 in the Premier League, during a long spell at the City Ground. He was loaned out to a succession of clubs with varying degrees of success, he became a favourite at Plymouth Argyle in 1999 when he scored seven goals in eleven league matches.[1] He appeared in the famous Jimmy Glass game against Carlisle, in which the goalkeeper scored in the 94th minute to keep Carlisle United in the Football League.[2] He scored on his debut for Scunthorpe United but his loan spell reportedly ended with manager Brian Laws relieving him of his tracksuit in the club car park after the player refused to stay on-loan for another month.[3]

He left Forest and signed for Cambridge United three days after his 24th birthday in December 1999. However three months later he left and returned to Plymouth in March 2000. However, by August 2001 he had been frozen out at Home Park by manager Paul Sturrock, despite being contracted to the end of the season.[4] Steve ended up training with Exeter but was unable to sign for them due to a transfer embargo, and he signed for Shrewsbury Town in March 2002.[5]

Guinan joined Hereford United in the summer of 2002 and enjoyed two successful seasons with the Conference side where he was top goalscorer in both seasons. In his first season, he became the first Hereford player to score a hat-trick at Edgar Street for six years, in a 4–0 win over Barnet[6] The following season saw him named Player of the Round after hitting a hat-trick in a 6–1 win over Harrow Borough in the FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round.[7] Guinan, a Liverpool fan, was also invited to make the draw for the Fourth Round alongside Ian Rush.[8]

Guinan was an integral part of the side that finished one point behind Chester City in a record-breaking season, scoring 29 goals in 41 appearances.[9] After Hereford's defeat in the play-offs he was one of several players who signed for Football League clubs, joining Cheltenham Town.

Guinan scored 7 goals in 47 appearances in his first season at Whaddon Road as Cheltenham finished 14th in League Two. His most notable Cheltenham moment came in his second season when he scored the winner in the League Two play-off final against Grimsby Town. Picking up the ball on the corner of the penalty area he sent a curling left-footed cross towards Kayode Odejayi. However the cross evaded everyone and went into the bottom corner, sending Cheltenham into League One. Guinan later admitted that his goal was actually a cross and he had not meant to score.[10]

Guinan's third season at Cheltenham was less successful, scoring just one goal in the League Cup against Bristol City, and was transfer listed. He subsequently returned to Hereford United, now in League Two, on loan and scored twice in his first match against Notts County. He went on to net a hat-trick in a 4–1 away win at Lincoln City. He was also voted Hereford's Player of the Month for February.[11] Having scored 7 goals in 16 appearances he signed a two-year deal on 12 June 2007, following his release from Cheltenham.

Guinan featured regularly in the first half of the 2007–08 season but a calf injury sustained at the turn of the year kept him out for three months. He returned for the run-in as Hereford gained promotion to League One with a match to spare.

He scored his 50th league goal for Hereford on 23 August 2008 against Bristol Rovers. He has now scored 101 goals in his career.

On 26 May 2009 it was announced that Guinan had signed for Northampton Town.[12]

On 26 November 2010 he signed on loan for Forest Green having played and scoring against them in an FA Cup first round tie for his parent club.[13] Guinan came off the bench the next day to make his Forest Green debut in a 2–2 draw with Rushden & Diamonds.[14] He scored his first goal for Forest Green on 8 January 2011, scoring the winner in a 1–0 victory over Fleetwood Town.[15] Forest Green utilised Hartpury College as their training base and it was here where he began his first full-time coaching role. In his first season, Guinan won the England Colleges Premier League and England Colleges National Cup Final, beating Gateshead 2–1 at Bramall Lane. He was subsequently promoted to the senior team winning the British Universities Premier League in both 2012 and 2013, remaining undefeated in the league during both seasons.[16] After making 10 starts and 8 sub appearances, scoring 5 times, Guinan was released by Forest Green at the end of the season.[17]

Following his release by Forest Green, Guinan signed for fellow Football Conference side, Kidderminster Harriers on 27 May 2011.[18] In September 2012, Guinan was offered the chance to become player/coach at the Harriers and the club saw an immediate turnaround in fortunes, rising from bottom place to finishing second, helping the club secure a play-off place in the Blue Square Premier.[19] The club failed to beat Wrexham in the play-off's but Guinan was offered and subsequently took the role as the club's Academy Manager in combination with his 1st Team Coaching role[20] Steve left his role as Academy Manager at Kidderminster Harriers to take up a coaching role with the Professional Footballers' Association and during his brief but very successful tenure as Academy Manager, the Harriers U18's reached the furthest stage of the FA Youth Cup in their history, finally losing to Championship side Blackpool in the 3rd Round. Shortly before his departure it was also announced that two youth players who were under Guinan's guidance would sign professional contracts with the Club and subsequently both made their full 1st team debuts the following week [21] It was a combination of all these factors that also led Guinan to a scouting role with the English FA in combination with his PFA role. His experience and knowledge of the specific age group between 18 - 21 was recognized by the Talent ID department at the FA and he now is a talent reporter for the Professional Development Phase group.

Guinan is an A licensed coach, has an honours degree in Sports Science, holds the League Managers Association's Certificate of Applied Management and is an FA Level 1, 2 and UEFA B coach educator. In March 2012, Guinan was chosen to lead the England Universities team in the Home Nations tournament that took place the following month[22] and furthered his international coaching experience with the appointment as Assistant Coach to the Great Britain Universities Football Squad at the World University Games in Russia, 2013.[23] Success followed Guinan again and his influence helped the Great Britain squad defeat Malaysia, Ukraine and Russia in the tournament before losing to France after extra time in the final but winning a silver medal for his efforts [24]

International career[edit]

Guinan played four times for what was then known as the England National Game XI in June 2004. He was England's top scorer with 3 goals as they finished third in the Four Nations Tournament in Scotland.[25] He also featured in a friendly against the United States which was his final match for the team.




  1. ^ Guinan may stay at Plymouth, 4 May 1999. Retrieved 22 June 2008.
  2. ^ Metcalf, Rupert (10 May 1999). "Carlisle raise a Glass to survival – Carlisle United 2 Plymouth Argyle 1". The Independent. London. Retrieved 14 August 2009. 
  3. ^ Striker forced to strip Sky Sports, 3 November 1999. Retrieved 22 June 2008.
  4. ^ Guinan slams Argyle Sky Sports, 6 August 2001. Retrieved 22 June 2008.
  5. ^ Shrews land Guinan Sky Sports, 28 March 2002. Retrieved 22 June 2008.
  6. ^ Steve Guinan Hereford Times, August 2004. Retrieved 22 June 2008.
  7. ^ Guinan gears up for the Cup The Football Association, 20 September 2003. Retrieved 22 June 2008.
  8. ^ Bulls ace handed draw honour Redditch Advertiser, 31 December 2003. Retrieved 22 June 2008.
  9. ^ Hereford hit by Guinan blow Hereford Times, 12 May 2004. Retrieved 22 June 2008.
  10. ^ Guinan's lucky strike gives Cheltenham final lift The Guardian, 29 May 2006. Retrieved 22 June 2008.
  11. ^ Guinan receives Player of the Month award Hereford United Official Website, 11 March 2007. Retrieved 22 June 2008.
  12. ^ "Cobblers sign Hereford's Guinan". BBC News. 26 May 2009. 
  13. ^ "Forest Green sign Guinan on loan". 
  14. ^ "Forest Green 2–2 Rushden & Diamonds". BBC Sport. 27 November 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Forest Green Rovers 1–0 Fleetwood Town". 
  16. ^ "Guinan takes reins at Hartpury football HQ". The Citizen. 17 September 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  17. ^ "Hockaday offers contracts to 11". 10 May 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  18. ^ "Kidderminster sign three". BBC Sport. 27 May 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  19. ^ "Guinan Given Coaching Role". 25 September 2012. 
  20. ^ "Kidderminster Harriers: Striker Steve Guinan to take academy role". BBC. 26 March 2013. 
  21. ^ . Kidderminster Shuttle. 18 December 2014  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  22. ^ "Guinan lands top job with all-conquering England Universities". Gloucestershire Echo. 10 March 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  23. ^ "Guinan relishes facing world's best in Russia". This is Gloucestershire. 18 September 2012. 
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  25. ^ England defeat Auld Enemy The Football Association, 23 May 2004. Retrieved 22 June 2008.

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