Steve Palmer (footballer)
|Full name||Stephen Leonard Palmer|
|Date of birth||31 March 1968|
|Place of birth||Brighton, England|
(Academy recruitment manager)
|2001–2004||Queens Park Rangers||127||(9)|
|2004–2006||Milton Keynes Dons||34||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
He turned professional with Ipswich Town in 1989 and spent six years at the club before making a £135,000 move to Watford. Palmer established himself as a first team regular during another near six-year spell at Vicarage Road and his departure on a free transfer in July 2001 caused some consternation amongst the club's supporters. Whilst at the club he broke the record for wearing every numbered shirt from 1 to 14 in the 1997–98 season. Placed in goal for the kick-off of the season's final home match versus A.F.C. Bournemouth, he swapped shirts with goalkeeper Alec Chamberlain early in the game. He completed the set by wearing Jason Lee's number 9 shirt in the final match away at Fulham – in which Watford won the Division 2 title. Watford secured back-to-back promotion the following season, with Palmer voted Player of the Season.
Palmer signed for Queens Park Rangers in July 2001 and made his debut in August of that year in a 1–0 win against Stoke City. He was captain and ever present in what was QPR's first season in the third tier since 1966–67. In total Palmer made 95 league appearances for QPR, scoring 5 goals.
In December 2011 Palmer returned to Watford as Academy Recruitment Manager, leaving again in June 2012 to work with the Premier League setting up a performance tracking system for the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP).
Palmer attended Cambridge University and is the only professional footballer of the modern era to be educated at the university, obtaining a degree in software engineering. Whilst studying he played for Cambridge University A.F.C.. In April 1987 he played a single first-class cricket match for a Cambridge University side also containing future England captain Mike Atherton. Facing Lancashire, Palmer dismissed former England player Graeme Fowler lbw for 49. He went on to score 18 with the bat, before being bowled by Paul Allott.
- Gone but not Forgotten: Steve Palmer
- Knowledge – do Woking have the best Wembley record ever? guardian.co.uk
- "Milton Keynes Dons 3–1 Blackpool". BBC. 28 December 2004. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
- PALMER'S BEEN THERE tottenhamhotspur.com, Accessed 6 November 2006
- THE PROFESSOR REJOINS WATFORD Watford Observer, Accessed 11 December 2011
- Steve Palmer leaving Watford's Academy for Premier League role Watford Observer, Accessed 17 August 2012
- One of an endangered species?
- Cambridge University v Lancashire, CricketArchive