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Steve Claridge

Full name: Stephen Edward Claridge
Birthdate: 10.04.1966
Birthplace: Portsmouth
Position: Striker
Joined from: Birmingham City
Signed by: Martin O'Neill
Nationality: England
First game: Ipswich Town, 03.03.1996
Last game: Wimbledon, 14.03.1998
Games: 79 (68 starts + 11 subs)
Goals: 21
Player Profile

Socks-down striker Claridge has a place secured in City folklore. Before his time at Filbert Street, Claridge had a decent goals-to-games ratio in the lower leagues with teams such as Fareham Town, Bournemouth, Weymouth and Basingstoke Town. He started his career with his hometown club Portsmouth and went on to play for Crystal Palace and Birmingham City, where he caught the eye of Foxes boss of the time Martin O'Neill.

O'Neill snapped-up the striker for a fee of £1 million, which was to rise to £1.2 million - a relatively large sum for a striker who was in his twilight years at the age of 29. His arrival came hot-on-the-heels of the departure of Julian Joachim and his early displays in the blue shirt didn't exactly win over the City fans. However, his first goal for the club, against Charlton Athletic in 1996, somewhat rejuvenated City's promotion bid that season - and they never looked back.

The signing was justified come the end of the season when Claridge scored the extra-time winner against Crystal Palace, a club who'd rejected him without giving him a chance, in the play-off final that saw City promoted at Wembley.

It got better the year after, with City excelling in the Premier League. Claridge was top-scorer, and, not content with helping the club to promotion, he also scored another extra-time winner in the League Cup final against Middlesbrough at Hillsborough. That victory saw Leicester qualify for Europe, and the rugged striker was part of the squad that took on Spanish side Atletico Madrid in european competition.

In '98 Claridge's time at Filbert Street came to an end. He spent a short spell on-loan back at hometown club Pompey before Wolverhampton Wanderers forked out £400,00 for his services - only to see him play six matches at Molineux.

Claridge was a footballer who simply loved playing the game, and even though his spell at the top end of the football pyramid was at an end, he continued to play at a lower level into his 40s. That meant yet another return to Portsmouth, this time as player-manager, as well as Weymouth in the same role. Playing spells at clubs including Brighton, Brentford and Wycombe Wanderers kept the striker in the game before he hung his boots up to take up a media role as a pundit on the Football League Show, amongst others.

Seasons League FA Cup League Cup Europe OtherTotal
Year Division Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls
1995-96Division One145------31176
1995_256_
1996-97Premier League32124182----4415
1996_256_
1997-98Premier League17-----1---18-
1997_256_
Total631741821-3179 21
_256_

Appearances

DateResultOppositionCompetitionStartSubGoals
1 03.03.1996 2 - 4 Ipswich Town (A) Division One
2 09.03.1996 2 - 1 Grimsby Town (H) Division One
3 13.03.1996 0 - 2 Ipswich Town (H) Division One
4 16.03.1996 1 - 3 Oldham Athletic (A) Division One
5 23.03.1996 2 - 1 Millwall (H) Division One
6 30.03.1996 0 - 2 Sheffield United (H) Division One
7 02.04.1996 1 - 0 Charlton Athletic (A) Division One 1
8 06.04.1996 1 - 0 Crystal Palace (A) Division One
9 09.04.1996 1 - 2 West Bromwich Albion (H) Division One
10 13.04.1996 1 - 1 Tranmere Rovers (A) Division One
11 17.04.1996 2 - 0 Oldham Athletic (H) Division One 2
12 20.04.1996 2 - 1 Huddersfield Town (H) Division One 1
13 27.04.1996 3 - 0 Birmingham City (H) Division One 1
14 05.05.1996 1 - 0 Watford (A) Division One
15 12.05.1996 0 - 0 Stoke City (H) Division One sf leg 1
16 15.05.1996 1 - 0 Stoke City (A) Division One sf leg 2
17 27.05.1996 2 - 1 Crystal Palace (N) Division One f 1
18 21.08.1996 2 - 1 Southampton (H) Premier League
19 24.08.1996 0 - 2 Arsenal (H) Premier League
20 02.09.1996 1 - 2 Sheffield Wednesday (A) Premier League 1
21 07.09.1996 0 - 0 Nottingham Forest (A) Premier League
22 15.09.1996 0 - 3 Liverpool (H) Premier League
23 17.09.1996 2 - 0 Scarborough (A) League Cup 2 leg 1
24 22.09.1996 2 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur (A) Premier League 1
25 19.10.1996 0 - 1 West Ham United (A) Premier League
26 22.10.1996 2 - 0 York City (A) League Cup 3
27 26.10.1996 2 - 0 Newcastle United (H) Premier League 1
28 02.11.1996 0 - 2 Derby County (A) Premier League
29 16.11.1996 3 - 1 Aston Villa (A) Premier League 1
30 23.11.1996 1 - 2 Everton (H) Premier League
31 27.11.1996 2 - 0 Manchester United (H) League Cup 4 1
32 30.11.1996 1 - 3 Manchester United (A) Premier League
33 03.12.1996 2 - 0 Middlesbrough (A) Premier League 1
34 07.12.1996 1 - 1 Blackburn Rovers (H) Premier League
35 21.12.1996 0 - 2 Coventry City (H) Premier League
36 26.12.1996 1 - 1 Liverpool (A) Premier League 1
37 28.12.1996 2 - 2 Nottingham Forest (H) Premier League
38 11.01.1997 0 - 3 Leeds United (A) Premier League
39 15.01.1997 2 - 0 Southend United (H) FA Cup 3 1
40 18.01.1997 1 - 0 Wimbledon (H) Premier League
41 21.01.1997 1 - 0 Ipswich Town (A) League Cup 5
42 25.01.1997 2 - 1 Norwich City (H) FA Cup 4
43 29.01.1997 1 - 1 Sunderland (H) Premier League
44 02.02.1997 3 - 4 Newcastle United (A) Premier League 1
45 16.02.1997 2 - 2 Chelsea (H) FA Cup 5
46 18.02.1997 0 - 0 Wimbledon (H) League Cup sf leg 1
47 22.02.1997 4 - 2 Derby County (H) Premier League 1
48 26.02.1997 0 - 1 Chelsea (A) FA Cup 5 rep
49 05.03.1997 1 - 0 Aston Villa (H) Premier League 1
50 11.03.1997 1 - 1 Wimbledon (A) League Cup sf leg 2
51 15.03.1997 1 - 3 Middlesbrough (H) Premier League
52 19.03.1997 1 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur (H) Premier League 1
53 22.03.1997 2 - 2 Southampton (A) Premier League 1
54 06.04.1997 1 - 1 Middlesbrough (N) League Cup f
55 12.04.1997 0 - 2 Arsenal (A) Premier League
56 16.04.1997 1 - 0 Middlesbrough (N) League Cup f rep 1
57 19.04.1997 1 - 2 Chelsea (A) Premier League
58 23.04.1997 0 - 1 West Ham United (H) Premier League
59 03.05.1997 2 - 2 Manchester United (H) Premier League
60 07.05.1997 1 - 0 Sheffield Wednesday (H) Premier League
61 11.05.1997 4 - 2 Blackburn Rovers (A) Premier League 1
62 09.08.1997 1 - 0 Aston Villa (H) Premier League
63 23.08.1997 0 - 0 Manchester United (H) Premier League
64 27.08.1997 3 - 3 Arsenal (H) Premier League
65 30.08.1997 0 - 1 Sheffield Wednesday (A) Premier League
66 13.09.1997 3 - 0 Tottenham Hotspur (H) Premier League
67 16.09.1997 1 - 2 Atletico Madrid (A) UEFA Cup 1 leg 1
68 27.09.1997 2 - 0 Barnsley (A) Premier League
69 18.10.1997 0 - 1 Chelsea (A) Premier League
70 27.10.1997 2 - 1 West Ham United (H) Premier League
71 01.11.1997 3 - 3 Newcastle United (A) Premier League
72 10.11.1997 0 - 1 Wimbledon (H) Premier League
73 22.11.1997 0 - 0 Bolton Wanderers (H) Premier League
74 06.12.1997 1 - 1 Crystal Palace (H) Premier League
75 13.12.1997 1 - 2 Southampton (A) Premier League
76 20.12.1997 0 - 1 Everton (H) Premier League
77 26.12.1997 1 - 2 Arsenal (A) Premier League
78 28.12.1997 1 - 1 Sheffield Wednesday (H) Premier League
79 14.03.1998 1 - 2 Wimbledon (A) Premier League

Transfers

Club Fee Date
IN  Birmingham City £1,200,000 01.03.1996
OUT  Portsmouth On loan 23.01.1998
OUT  Wolverhampton Wanderers £400,000 26.03.1998
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