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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
    Season 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

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