Steve James (footballer)

Steven Robert James (born 29 November 1949) is an English former professional footballer who played at centre-back.

Steve James
Personal information
Full name Steven Robert James
Date of birth (1949-11-29) 29 November 1949 (age 71)
Place of birth Coseley, England
Position(s) Centre-back
Youth career
1965–1966 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1976 Manchester United 129 (4)
1976–1980 York City 105 (1)
1980–1982 Kidderminster Harriers
1982– Tipton Town
National team
1968 England Youth
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Born in Coseley, England, James started his career as an apprentice at Manchester United in December 1965.[1] His first-team debut for the club came on 12 October 1968 against Liverpool. He scored four goals in 161 appearances (including one substitute appearance) during his United career before being transferred to York City in January 1976. During his time at Old Trafford, he collected a Football League Second Division title medal in 1975 but then lost his place in the first team and this prompted his move to Bootham Crescent.

He made his debut for York against West Bromwich Albion in January 1976.[2] He missed the whole of the 1978–79 season with injury. He made 119 appearances and scored 2 goals for the club, and joined non-league Kidderminster Harriers in May 1980.[2]

He was capped for England at youth international level in 1968.[3] As of June 2012, he was working in a Waitrose supermarket.[4] His Division 2 winners' medal was found in a junior school near Telford in January 2012, having been missing for over 30 years.[4]


Manchester United


  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946-2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 320. ISBN 1-85291-665-6.
  2. ^ a b Batters, Dave (1990). "York City Stars". York City: A Complete Record 1922-1990. The Breedon Books Publishing Company. p. 176. ISBN 0-907969-69-0.
  3. ^ Rollin, Jack, ed. (1988). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1988–89. London: Queen Anne Press. p. 750. ISBN 978-0-356-15880-8.
  4. ^ a b "Ex-Manchester United footballer's medal found at Shropshire school". BBC News Online. Retrieved 29 June 2012.