|Full name||Stephen Harold McCall|
|Date of birth||15 October 1960|
|Place of birth||Carlisle, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|Ipswich Town (scout)|
|1990||→ Carlisle United (loan)||6||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
A defensive midfielder during his playing days, McCall built a reputation as a cultured midfield player, with immaculate passing ability. He began his career with Ipswich Town and quickly progressed to the first team under the management of Bobby Robson. McCall helped the club win the UEFA Cup in 1981, and he went on to win six England U21 caps during the next year. He left Portman Road in 1987, having made more than 300 appearances for the club, to join Sheffield Wednesday. His time with them was blighted by injury, and he spent time on loan with his home town club, Carlisle United in 1990. Two years later, he joined Plymouth Argyle and became a key player for Peter Shilton's side. He won the club's Player of the Year award in his first two full seasons at Home Park.
He briefly managed the club in 1995 following the departure of Shilton and stayed on as a member of the playing squad when Neil Warnock was appointed. He then moved to Torquay United in 1996 as a player-coach for Kevin Hodges and returned to Home Park two years later with Hodges. He went into non-league football in 2000 with Workington, where he finished his playing career. Following retirement, he returned to Ipswich Town, initially as a scout and then as a coach. Under the management of Paul Jewell, he was made chief scout but left the club in July 2014. In September 2014 he joined Colchester United in a similar role.
He made his name at Ipswich Town, where his greatest achievement was winning the UEFA Cup in the 1980/81 season, beating AZ Alkmaar 5–4 on aggregate, with McCall playing an influential part in his team's victory. He grabbed his opportunity in the 1st team, when George Burley was side-lined through injury for several months. He joined Ipswich in 1978 as an apprentice, being scouted from the north-west where Town legend Kevin Beattie was also born, and went on to make 329 appearances for Town, standing as a club record of consecutive appearances until 2001, being beaten by the goalkeeper Richard Wright. During this time he received one B cap against New Zealand. McCall scored 11 goals in his 9 seasons at Ipswich before he was sold for £300,000 to Sheffield Wednesday.
His time at Sheffield Wednesday was less successful, as he spent much of his 4 seasons sidelined with a range of injuries, limiting his collection of appearances to only 36, scoring only 2 goals. In the midst of an unfortunate run at Wednesday, McCall achieved a childhood dream by being loaned to his hometown team Carlisle United, where he spent only a few months making 6 appearances without a goal. He contributed 5 appearances to Wednesday's run in the 1990–91 Football League Cup, but was not part of the match day squad as they won the final.
Towards the end of the 1991–92 season, McCall was sold to Plymouth Argyle for £25,000. He was named the club's player of the season two years in a row in 1993 and 1994, only the second player in Argyle's history to achieve such a title (the other being Paul Mariner, one of McCall's ex-teammates). As if given a new lease of life, McCall enjoyed a period of rich form in his two occasions at Plymouth, making 275 appearances in 6 years at the club. In 1995 McCall enjoyed a short reign as Plymouth's caretaker manager before he was replaced by Neil Warnock.
Sandwiched between his two spells at Plymouth, McCall joined Torquay United for free from 12 July 1996 to 24 June 1998, joining his former Plymouth teammate and manager Kevin Hodges in Torquay United's management team. In the 1997–98 season, McCall lived another childhood ambition – to play at Wembley, when Torquay played out a close fought match against Colchester United. The dream of playoff glory was short lived however, as the favourites for promotion were beaten 1–0 by a Colchester penalty. The close season saw Plymouth's manager Mick Jones lose his job, and Hodges and McCall took the position at their former club, in a reign that lasted a further two years.
Return to Plymouth Argyle
McCall's playing career ended in 2000 at Plymouth Argyle. He appeared in the famous Jimmy Glass game against his hometown club Carlisle, in which the goalkeeper scored in the 94th minute to keep Carlisle United in the Football League.
In 2001, McCall hooked up with his former teammate and close friend George Burley as a European scouting co-ordinator at Ipswich Town, and progressed through the ranks initially as a scout, and when Joe Royle took over, became the Reserve Team Manager and the First Team Coach. He currently works as a chief scout for Colchester United working for another ex-Ipswich Town player John McGreal.
|Club||Joined||Left||Joining Fee||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other|
|Ipswich Town||5 October 1978||3 June 1987||Apprentice||249 (8)||7||23 (1)||1||29 (0)||0||18 (1)||3|
|Sheffield Wednesday||3 June 1987||26 March 1992||£300,000||21 (8)||2||1 (0)||0||2 (3)||0||0 (1)||0|
|Carlisle United||8 February 1990||LOAN||6 (0)||0||0 (0)||0||0 (3)||0||0 (1)||0|
|Plymouth Argyle||26 March 1992||12 July 1996||£25,000||97 (3)||4||6 (0)||0||5 (0)||0||6 (0)||0|
|Torquay United||12 July 1996||24 June 1998||Free||32 (7)||1||0 (0)||0||3 (1)||0||2 (0)||1|
|Plymouth Argyle||24 June 1998||4 October 2000||Free||125 (8)||5||10 (2)||0||8 (1)||0||6 (0)||1|
|England U21 vs Switzerland||31 May 1981||Neuenburg, Switzerland||EC Qualifier|
|England U21 vs Hungary||5 June 1981||Keszthely, Hungary||Friendly|
|England U21 vs Hungary||17 November 1981||City Ground, Nottingham||EC Qualifier|
|England U21 vs Scotland||28 April 1982||Maine Round, Manchester||EC Qualifier|
|England U21 vs West Germany||21 September 1982||Bramall Lane, Sheffield||EC Qualifier|
|England U21 vs West Germany||12 October 1982||Weser Stadium, Bremen||EC Qualifier|
|England B vs New Zealand||13 November 1984||City Ground, Nottingham|
As a player
- Ipswich Town
- Sheffield Wednesday
- "Steve McCall profile" Archived 29 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine.. Plymouth Argyle. Retrieved 6 August 2010.
- "Season 1990-1991". adrianbullock.com. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
- Metcalf, Rupert (10 May 1999). "Carlisle raise a Glass to survival – Carlisle United 2 Plymouth Argyle 1". London: The Independent. Retrieved 14 August 2009.