Stephen James “Steve” Walford is one of that handful of players who turned out for both Arsenal and Tottenham.
He was born 5 January 1958 in Highgate and started out with Tottenham in 1974 but he only played twice for them before Terry Neill, who of course himself at been at Tottenham, signed him for £25,000 on 1 August 1977.
His first game for Arsenal was on 24 September 1978 when he came on as a sub for Matthews, inh a 0-1 away defeat to Norwich. Although he only got a couple of starts that season in 1978/9 he made 26 starts and seven appearances from the bench, playing left back, right back, in midfield, and even once on the wing.
He played primarily as a centre half, and managed 77 games for Arsenal, including playing as a sub in the 1979 FA Cup Final in which we beat Man U with the famous Alan Sunderland goal.
In 1979/80 however he slipped down the order making on 16 starts in the league and only 3 in the FA Cup, where Arsenal reached the final again.
On 28 February 1981 he made his last appearance for Arsenal in a 2-2 home draw with Middlesbrough, before being transferred to Norwich for £175,000, playing through their relegation from the 1st division, and promotion back.
After Norwich he went to West Ham in 1983 and ended his time there with a series of loan spells, before finally playing for Wycombe where he met Martin O’Neill. After one final period playing (with Wealdstone) Steve Walford returned to O’Neill at Wycombe and became an assistant to him.
This partnership took him back to Norwich City, and then to Leicester, Celtic, Aston Villa and Sunderland.
However on 5 November 2013 O’Neill became manager of Ireland, and appointed Roy Keene as his assistant. I have searched through the records – including the rather sketchy details provided by FAI by can’t see Steve Walford’s name therein. If he is there, or if he has moved elsewhere perhaps you could let me know.
There is a suggestion on one site that he is indeed working under O’Neill yet again, but I would like that confirmed.
Here is the playing record.
|1983-1989||West Ham United||115||2|
|1987||Huddersfield Town (loan)||12||0|
|1989||West Bromwich Albion (loan)||4||0|
And his details as a coach
|1990–1995||Wycombe Wanderers(Head Coach)|
|1995||Norwich City(Head Coach)|
|1995–2000||Leicester City(Head Coach)|
|2006–2010||Aston Villa(Head Coach)|
|2013-||Republic of Ireland(Coach) ???|
Having a Cup Winners’ medal with Arsenal he has also won the League Cup twice as a coach with Leicester (1997 and 2000), the Premier League in Scotland with Celtic (three times), 2001, 2002, 2004, the Scottish Cup three times (2001, 2004, 2005) and the Scottish League Cup (2001).