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Steve Potts (footballer)

Steve Potts
Personal information
Full name Steven John Potts[1]
Date of birth (1967-05-07) 7 May 1967 (age 50)
Place of birth Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1983–1984 West Ham United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–2002 West Ham United 399 (1)
2002–2003 Dagenham & Redbridge 21 (0)
Total 420 (1)
Teams managed
2011–2012 West Ham U16s
2012–2015 West Ham U18s
2015– West Ham U21s
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Steven John "Steve" Potts (born 7 May 1967) is an English football coach and former professional footballer. He played as a defender and is associated with his time spent at West Ham United. He also represented the English national team eleven times at youth level.

Football career

Potts started his career at West Ham United as an apprentice in 1983, making his first appearance against Queens Park Rangers on 1 January 1985. Known as Pottsy,[2] he played for West Ham United for the next seventeen years. Primarily a fullback, Potts developed into a 'utility' player, he spent large portions of his career playing at centre-half despite being undersized for such a position. He also on occasion featured in midfield.

Potts was West Ham United Club captain for a 3 years between 1993 and 1996, and was voted Hammer of The Year in 1993 and 1995, and runner up in both 1992 and 1994. During his career he amassed a total of 505 appearances for the club (good enough for ninth place in the club's all-time appearance charts),[2] scoring only one goal, in a 7–1 win against Hull City in 1990. His last competitive appearance for the club was on 7 March 2001 against Chelsea,[3] although he stayed on until 2002.

Potts transferred to Dagenham & Redbridge on 13 September 2002 and played there for a full season before retiring from football. In August 2011 he was appointed as coach for the West Ham United under-16 team.[4] Potts was promoted to manage the West Ham United under-18 team in December 2012,[5] taking charge of a 1–0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in his maiden game. In January 2015, Potts was named as West Ham United Under-21 team coach.[6]

Personal life

In August 2007, he completed The Knowledge and qualified to drive a Hackney carriage.[2] In 2008, he ran the London Marathon in aid of the charity Children with Leukaemia, raising £24,052.99 in the process.[7]

His son, Daniel is a professional footballer and currently plays for Luton Town.[8]

Career statistics

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
West Ham United 1984–85 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1985–86 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1986–87 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
1987–88 8 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 11 0
1988–89 28 0 7 0 6 0 2 0 43 0
1989–90 32 0 1 0 7 0 2 0 42 0
1990–91 37 1 7 0 2 0 1 0 47 1
1991–92 34 0 5 0 3 0 2 0 44 0
1992–93 46 0 2 0 2 0 6 0 56 0
1993–94 41 0 6 0 3 0 0 0 50 0
1994–95 42 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 48 0
1995–96 34 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 40 0
1996–97 20 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 22 0
1997–98 23 0 5 0 4 0 0 0 32 0
1998–99 19 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 22 0
1999-00 17 0 1 0 1 0 8 0 27 0
2000–01 8 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 11 0
West Ham United total 399 1 42 0 42 0 22 0 505 1
Dagenham & Redbridge
2002–03 21 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 24 0
Dagenham & Redbridge total 21 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 24 0
Career total 420 1 43 0 44 0 22 0 529 1

[9]

References

  1. ^ Steve Potts profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c "Potts the marathon man | News | Latest News | News | West Ham United". Whufc.com. Retrieved 16 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Chelsea ease past poor Hammers". BBC. 7 March 2001. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Carr welcomes Potts return". www.whufc.com. 10 August 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Potts prepared for Under-18 debuyt". www.whufc.com. 11 January 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Potts named U21 coach". www.whufc.com. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  7. ^ Steve Potts 2008 Flora London Marathon www.bmycharity.com
  8. ^ Ed Smith. "LUTON TOWN SIGN DEFENDER DAN POTTS FROM WEST HAM UTD". Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Steve Potts". westhamstats.info. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 

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