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Back to the Who`s Who Main page Eric Cantona: 31.03.95
6ft 12st 10lbs
b.Colbridge, Northumberland, 31 December 1960
Debut v Portsmouth (a) 19/12/87
Schoolboys/ Northumberland County,
Wallsend Lads Club
Gillingham app. July 77, pro Oct 78
Norwich City July 84
UNITED Dec 87
Birmingham June 96 free transfer -
A team mate of Peter Beardsley at Wallsend Lads Club, Steve Bruce had
successful trials with 5 league clubs before finally getting his career
underway, a long way from home, at third Div Gillingham. He became proff at
seventeen and made over 200 League appearances for the Gills, beginning in
midfield before switching to central defence. Capped 8 times by England
Youth, and an England B Int, he cost Norwich 135.000 pounds, assisting them
to win the Football League Cup in 85, and the Div 2 Championship in 85-6.
A fee of 825.000 pounds brought him to OT and he was unfortunate to suffer a
broken nose on his debut! A strong tackling, determined defender with good
aerial ability, Bruce was a commanding figure in UNITED`s defence, and a
dangerous attacker from corner kicks and set pieces. An FA Cup winner in 90
and a European Cup Winners Cup winner and League Cup finalist in 91. He was
a FL Cup winner against Notts Forest in 92 and was a typically influential
and couragous captain during UNITED`s successsful FA Premier League
Championship challenge in 92-3, in the continuing absence of Bryan Robson
due to injury.
His enthusiastic spirit and tremendous central defensive
pairing with Gary Pallister was a foundation from which UNITED progressed to
further Championship glory in 93-4 and 95-6. Officially handed the Captaincy
in April 94, Steve then proudly lifted the FA Cup at Wembley the following
month to complete Uniteds long coveted League and Cup "Double", an honour
shared by only three othe league clubs this century.
The feat was repeated in 95-96! Steve was granted a free transfer to
Birmingham City June 96 after a fantastic career.
PL 147 - 11 g
FL 162 - 25 g
FAC 41 - 3 g
FLC 33 - 7 g
EUR 25 - 6 g Total: 408 apps 52 goals
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