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Brian Stein
Personal information
Full name Brian Stein
Date of birth October 19, 1957 (1957-10-19) (age 52)
Place of birth    Cape Town, South Africa
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Edgware Town
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Luton Town
Luton Town
388 (127)
041 0(11)
014 00(3)
039 00(3)
040 00(8)   
National team
1984 England 001 00(0)
Teams managed
Luton Town (caretaker)
Grimsby Town (assistant manger)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Brian Stein (born October 19, 1957 in Cape Town,South Africa) is a South African born former English footballer. He is the older brother of former Luton Town, Chelsea and Stoke City striker Mark Stein.


Playing career

Stein started his career with Edgware Town before signing for Luton Town in 1977 under David Pleat. This was the first of two spells with the club, where he made 427 appearances and scored 130 goals.

Initially a winger, he soon moved into a central striking role where he formed successive prolific partnerships with Bob Hatton and then Steve White as Luton won the Second Division Championship in 1981/2. The following season his striking partner in the top flight was a youngster, Paul Walsh, and Luton took the league by storm with a flurry of bravura attacking performances in the early weeks of the season, including 5-0 and 5-3 home victories over Brighton and Notts County, and a 4-4 draw away to Stoke City. To cap it all Luton then went to Anfield and surprised the Liverpool fans with Stein scoring twice past Liverpool keeper Bruce Grobbelaar, the game eventually finishing 3-3. The initial excitement and promise of the season faded somewhat over the winter as Luton struggled, not least because of Stein missing a substantial part of the season after breaking his foot in December, and by the last game of the season Luton needed to win away at Manchester City to stay in the top division and condemn City themselves to relegation. Stein returned for the game despite lacking match fitness, and played his part with a cross four minutes from time which fell to Raddy Antic to score the winner. The game is primarily remembered for an excited Luton manager, David Pleat, gambolling across the pitch at the final whistle to hug his players[1].

Strike partner Walsh moved to Liverpool at the end of the 1983-4 season, and Stein then formed an equally strong partnership with Mick Harford. His finest hour came on 24 April 1988 when he scored two goals, including the late winner, in Luton's 3–2 Littlewoods Cup Final victory against Arsenal.

Stein was released at the end of the 1987–88 season, joining French team Stade Malherbe de Caen. In 1990 he signed for another French team, Annecy. He rejoing Luton for the 1991–92 season, but Luton were relegated at the end of the season, ending a run of ten successive seasons of top flight football, all but three of which Stein was an integral part of.

He signed for Barnet in 1992, retiring as a player at the end of the 1992–93 season.

International career

On 29 February 1984 Stein played for England in 2–0 defeat against France in Paris, a game in which he partnered club team-mate Paul Walsh. This was to be his only international cap.[2] That same year he helped England win the 1984 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.

Post-Playing Career

Stein returned to Luton in 2000 to work as reserve-team coach. With Mick Harford leaving for Nottingham Forest in 2004, Brian was promoted to assistant manager by then Luton manager Mike Newell. On 15 March 2007, after the sacking of Newell, Luton appointed Stein caretaker manager. He only managed Luton for one match, a 2–0 home defeat to Ipswich Town on March 17, before being replaced by Kevin Blackwell. Blackwell brought in his own backroom staff, and Stein left Luton at the end of the 2006-07 season.

On 17 November 2008 Stein was appointed chief scout and first team coach at Grimsby Town, reuniting him with Mike Newell.[3] He was promoted to the position of assistant manager on 12 May 2009 after it was decided not to renew the contract of current assistant manager Stuart Watkiss.[4]

Mike Newell was sacked in October 2009, however Stein remained in his position as Assistant at least for the next five weeks, despite early speculation that he would leave. He was overlooked in the job of Caretaker Manager, which instead went to Youth Team Manager Neil Woods. When Woods received the job on a permanent basis, Stein was relieved of his duties on the 30th November, and was replaced by Chris Casper.


  1. ^ ^ Nick Greenslade (2004-04-04). "The 10 best managerial celebrations". The Observer (Guardian News and Media Limited).,,1182696,00.html.
  2. ^ "Brian Stein". The FA. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "Stein Appointed Chief Scout". 2008-11-28.,,10417~1468551,00.html. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  4. ^ "Town Part Company With Watkiss". 2009-05-12.,,10417~1653014,00.html. Retrieved 2009-05-21. 

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