Steve Walford

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Steve Walford
Personal information
Full name Stephen Joseph Walford
Date of birth (1958-01-05) 5 January 1958 (age 58)
Place of birth Highgate, England
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975-1977 Tottenham Hotspur 2 (0)
1977-1980 Arsenal 77 (3)
1980-1983 Norwich City 93 (2)
1983-1989 West Ham United 115 (2)
1987 Huddersfield Town (loan) 12 (0)
1988 Gillingham (loan) 4 (0)
1989 West Bromwich Albion (loan) 4 (0)
1989 Lai Sun ? (?)
Wycombe Wanderers ? (?)
Teams managed
1990–1995 Wycombe Wanderers (Assistant Manager)
1995 Norwich City (Assistant Manager)
1995–2000 Leicester City (Assistant Manager)
2000–2005 Celtic (Assistant Manager)
2006–2010 Aston Villa (Assistant Manager)
2011–2013 Sunderland (Assistant Manager)
2013- Republic of Ireland (Assistant Manager)
2015–2016 Bolton Wanderers (Assistant Manager)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Stephen James "Steve" Walford (born 5 January 1958 in Highgate, England) is an English former footballer turned manager.


Walford played as a centre half and started his playing career at Tottenham Hotspur in 1974, making only two appearances before being signed by Arsenal's former Spurs manager Terry Neill for £25,000 in 1977. Walford played 77 league matches in four years for Arsenal, and played as a substitute in their 1979 FA Cup-winning side. In 1981, he moved to Norwich City for £175,000 and stayed there for three years, seeing the club through relegation from and then promotion to the First Division.

After 108 appearances for Norwich, Walford moved on to West Ham United in 1983 for a fee of £160,000; he played 115 times for the Hammers over the next four years. Towards the end of his West Ham career, he had loan spells at Huddersfield Town, Gillingham and West Bromwich Albion. He moved abroad to play for Lai Sun of Hong Kong in 1989 before returning to England to play for Wycombe Wanderers under Martin O'Neill the following year.

Coaching career[edit]

After a brief spell at Wealdstone, Walford returned to Wycombe to become O'Neill's assistant, and has maintained a lasting working partnership with the Northern Irishman ever since, working under O'Neill at Norwich City, Leicester City, Celtic, Aston Villa and Sunderland.[1] He will join O'Neill's coaching staff again after he was appointed manager of Republic of Ireland national football team on 5 November 2013.[2] On 18 September 2015, he returned to club football after being appointed as the Assistant Manager to Neil Lennon at Bolton Wanderers, replacing Johan Mjallby who left for personal reasons.[3] He lasted just seven months in his role at Bolton and on 14 April 2016 left the club along with Garry Parker following the club's relegation from the Championship.[4]


As a player

With Arsenal

As a coach

With Leicester

With Celtic


  1. ^ "O'Neill appoints Walford as first team coach". 6 December 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "O'Neill: I'm the bad cop and my new Republic of Ireland assistant Keane is the bad, bad cop!". 5 November 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Steve Walford appointed Bolton Wanderers assistant manager". 18 September 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Steve Walford and Garry Parker depart Bolton Wanderers FC, 14 April 2016
  • Canary Citizens by Mark Davage, John Eastwood, Kevin Platt, published by Jarrold Publishing, (2001), ISBN 0-7117-2020-7

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