|Full name||Steven Paul Sumner|
|Date of birth||2 April 1955|
|Place of birth||England|
|Date of death||8 February 2017(aged 61)|
|Place of death||New Zealand|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|Preston North End|
|1982||West Adelaide SC||12||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Steven Paul "Steve" Sumner ONZM (2 April 1955 – 8 February 2017) was an English-born, New Zealand football player, who was captain of the national team during the country's first successful campaign to qualify for the World Cup, in 1982.
Sumner began his football as an apprentice at Blackpool before moving to New Zealand in 1973 to play for Christchurch United, winning the National League in his first year. Sumner went on to win 6 Chatham Cups and 5 league titles. He is the only player to have won six Chatham Cup winners medals.
An active and attacking midfielder, Sumner scored a national record six goals during New Zealand's 13–0 defeat of Fiji during the 1982 World Cup qualifying campaign. He was also one of New Zealand's only two scorers in the 1982 World Cup Finals tournament in Spain (along with Steve Wooddin), in New Zealand's 5–2 loss to Scotland. He was the first player of the FIFA Oceania zone to score in a World Cup.
In 1991, he was inducted into the New Zealand Soccer Media Association Hall of Fame and was then awarded FIFA's top award, the FIFA Order of Merit, before the opening of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, along with Johan Cruyff and former South African president Thabo Mbeki.
Later life and death
After retiring Sumner maintained his involvement in football, being employed by TVNZ as a media personality. More significantly he sat on the Executive Board of the Wellington Phoenix bringing much needed professional playing experience to the table. In August 2015, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, from which he died on 8 February 2017, aged 61.
- Player of the Year: 1983
- Golden Boot: 1983
- FIFA Centennial Award in 2004
- FIFA Order of Merit: 2010
- Friends of Football Medal of Excellence 2015
- Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (for services to football), 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours
- Chatham Cup: 1987
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