Steve Stride

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Steven M. "Steve" Stride (born c. 1950) is the former Operations Director of Aston Villa Football Club.

Stride joined the office staff at Aston Villa in 1972 and seven years later was appointed football secretary, a post he held for 16 years. He was elected to the board of directors in 1995,[1] and two years later published a book, Stride inside the Villa, chronicling his 25 years with the club.[2] In 2005, he took responsibility for running the club while longtime chairman Doug Ellis recovered from heart bypass surgery.[1] Stride was the only director to remain at the club following American businessman Randy Lerner's 2006 takeover,[3] but tendered his resignation effective from May 2007.[4]

Stride was a member of the three-man Football Association commission who in 2002 controversially voted for Wimbledon F.C. to be allowed to relocate to Milton Keynes.[5]


  1. ^ a b Howell, Bill (27 June 2005). "Steve takes role in his Stride". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 6 October 2009. 
  2. ^ Shaw, Phil (16 December 1997). "Football: Books for Christmas - How Claridge thrived despite Aldershot's bouncing cheques and rotten turkeys". The Independent. Retrieved 6 October 2009. 
  3. ^ Bose, Mihir (5 September 2006). "Tbilisi owner linked to West Ham bid". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 6 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "Villa survivor Stride to bow out". Express and Star. Wolverhampton. 7 March 2007. Retrieved 6 October 2009. 
  5. ^ Conn, David (28 April 2009). "Tears of joy as AFC Wimbledon prove they are in the wider interest of football". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 October 2009.