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Steve Charles
Personal information
Full name Stephen Charles
Date of birth 10 May 1960 (1960-05-10) (age 49)
Place of birth    Sheffield, England
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1980-1984
1984-1987
1987-1993
1992
1993-1996
1996-1997
1997-2000
Sheffield United
Wrexham
Mansfield Town
Scunthorpe United (loan)
Scarborough
Stalybridge Celtic
Boston United
123 (10)
113 (37)
237 (38)
004 0(0)
134 (20)
042 (10)
087 (21)   
Teams managed
2007-2009 Gainsborough Trinity

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

Stephen "Steve" Charles (born 10 May 1960) is a former professional footballer who played in The Football League as a midfielder for five different clubs, and was until recently manager of Conference North side Gainsborough Trinity. He is also a graduate of Sheffield University, where he gained a degree in mathematics, and a Master's degree in sports science.[1]

A former English schoolboy international, Sheffield-born Steve Charles began his football career at Sheffield United while still a university student. He signed a professional contract with the Blades in January 1980, and went on to make over a hundred appearances for the Blades, helping the team gain promotion from Division Four in 1982. In November 1984, he moved to Wrexham where he spent two-and-a-half years and lifted the Welsh Cup in 1986.

In the summer of 1987, Charles moved to Mansfield Town for a £15,000 transfer fee, making his debut on 15 August 1987 against Bristol City. In his first season at Field Mill, he was ever-present in the side and scored 12 goals, many of them from free kicks. He spent six seasons at Mansfield, playing 278 games for the club in all competitions, scoring 47 goals.[2] He left to join Scarborough in February 1993, and also had a short loan spell at Scunthorpe United near the end of his time in Mansfield.

Charles played nearly 150 games for Scarborough during a three-year spell, and then continued his career in the non-league game, where he played for Stalybridge Celtic and Boston United until he was 40 years old.[1] From 2007 until August 2009, he was manager of Gainsborough Trinity.[3]

References

  1. ^ a b "Boston United squad 1999/2000". http://www.bufc.drfox.org.uk/squad99.html. Retrieved 3 September 2009.  
  2. ^ Bracegirdle, Dave and Hartshorn, Steve (2004). The Legends of Mansfield Town. Breedon Books. ISBN 1859834353.  
  3. ^ "Steve Charles is sacked as boss". Gainsborough Standard. 20 August 2009. http://www.gainsboroughstandard.co.uk/sport/STEVE-CHARLES-IS-SACKED-AS.5572946.jp. Retrieved 3 September 2009.  
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