Steve Lynex

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Steve Lynex
Personal information
Full name Steven Charles Lynex
Date of birth (1958-01-23) 23 January 1958 (age 61)
Place of birth West Bromwich, England
Playing position Winger
Youth career
1974–1977 West Bromwich Albion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977 West Bromwich Albion 0 (0)
1977–1979 Shamrock Rovers ? (14)
1979–1981 Birmingham City 46 (10)
1981–1987 Leicester City 213 (57)
1986Birmingham City (loan) 10 (2)
1987–1988 West Bromwich Albion 29 (3)
1988–1990 Cardiff City 62 (2)
1990–1991 Telford United 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Steven Charles Lynex (born 23 January 1958) is an English former professional footballer who made 360 appearances in the Football League playing for Birmingham City, Leicester City, West Bromwich Albion and Cardiff City,[1] and played in the League of Ireland and in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup for Shamrock Rovers. He played as a winger.


Lynex was born in West Bromwich. He attended Churchfields School and played junior football for Sandwell Rangers before joining West Bromwich Albion in 1974 as an apprentice. In 1976, he was part of the Albion side that won the FA Youth Cup, and in January 1977 manager Johnny Giles gave him his first professional contract. In July of the same year, without having appeared for Albion's first team, Lynex tried his luck in Ireland; after a trial with Sligo Rovers he followed Giles to Shamrock Rovers.[2]

He made his Rovers debut on 28 August 1977 away to Dundalk.[citation needed] During his time at Milltown he played a major role in the 1978 FAI Cup victory, brought down for the penalty which was the only goal of the game.[3][4] Lynex scored two goals in the UEFA Cup Winners Cup wins over APOEL.[5] He left Rovers in December 1978,[citation needed] and after a trial at Queens Park Rangers he joined Birmingham City in April 1979.[2]

After three years with Birmingham, Lynex moved to Leicester City, where he is remembered for his prolific scoring for a winger as well as for creating chances for Gary Lineker and Alan Smith;[6] he reached double figures of goals scored in three of his five full seasons at the club.[7] He also occasionally appeared as a stand-in goalkeeper, in the days when the Football League only allowed one substitute to be selected, and teams rarely chose a goalkeeper as a substitute.[8]

After a loan spell at one former club Birmingham City, he went on to join another, West Bromwich Albion, and later played for Cardiff City, where he was nicknamed "Lethal Lynex" by the fans. He played his last Football League game in 1990 and then moved into non-league football with Telford United and Trafford Park before turning out in local football with Mitchells and Butlers and Ansells. After retiring as a footballer he went into the licensed trade.[2]


West Bromwich Albion

Shamrock Rovers

Birmingham City

Leicester City


  1. ^ "Steve Lynex". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  2. ^ a b c Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 108. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9.
  3. ^ Moran, Michael (1 August 2003). "James Tiernan – the man with the magic touch". Sligo Champion. Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  4. ^ "Behind the Scenes with Con Murphy". RTÉ Sport. 13 May 2008. Retrieved 4 August 2009.
  5. ^ "European Results 1957 – date". Shamrock Rovers F.C. Archived from the original on 16 January 2011. Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  6. ^ "Leicester Legender". Blue Army Sweden. Retrieved 4 August 2009.
  7. ^ "Steve Lynex". Sporting Heroes Collection Ltd. Retrieved 4 August 2009.
  8. ^ Lineker, Gary (11 May 2002). "Piper plays Leicester out on a high note". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 August 2009.

External links[edit]

  • Steve Lynex at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database