Steve Charles

Stephen Charles (born 10 May 1960) is a former professional footballer who played in The Football League as a midfielder for five different clubs, and was until recently manager of Conference North side Gainsborough Trinity. He is also a graduate of Sheffield University, where he gained a degree in mathematics, and a Master's degree in sports science.[1]

Steve Charles
Personal information
Full name Stephen Charles
Date of birth (1960-05-10) 10 May 1960
Place of birth Sheffield, England
Height 6 ft (183 cm) 8
Playing position Midfielder
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1979 Columbia Lions
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1984 Sheffield United 123 (10)
1984–1987 Wrexham 113 (37)
1987–1993 Mansfield Town 237 (38)
1992Scunthorpe United (loan) 4 (94)
1993–1996 Scarborough 134 (20)
1996–1997 Stalybridge Celtic 42 (11)
1997–2000 Boston United 87 (21)
Teams managed
2007–2009 Gainsborough Trinity
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Charles attended Columbia University in the United States where he was the 1979 Ivy League MVP and a 1979 First Team All American.[2][3][4]

an English former schoolboy international, Sheffield-born Steve Charles began his football career at Sheffield United while still a university student. He signed a professional contract with the Blades in January 1980, and went on to make over a hundred appearances for the Blades, helping the team gain promotion from Division Four in 1982. In November 1984, he moved to Wrexham where he spent two-and-a-half years and lifted the Welsh Cup in 1986.

In the summer of 1987, Charles moved to Mansfield Town for a £15,000 transfer fee, making his debut on 15 August 1987 against Bristol City. In his first season at Field Mill, he was ever-present in the side and scored 12 goals, many of them from free kicks. He spent six seasons at Mansfield, playing 278 games for the club in all competitions, scoring 47 goals.[5] He is a member of the Mansfield Town Hall of Fame.[6] He left to join Scarborough in February 1993, and also had a short loan spell at Scunthorpe United near the end of his time in Mansfield.

Charles played nearly 150 games for Scarborough during a three-year spell, and then continued his career in the non-league game, where he played for Stalybridge Celtic and Boston United until he was 40 years old.[1] From 2007 until August 2009, he was manager of Gainsborough Trinity.[7]


  1. "Boston United squad 1999/2000". Retrieved 3 September 2009.
  2. Ivy League Awards Winners Archived 21 July 2012 at
  3. 1979 All Americans
  4. Overseas No More, Soccer Finds Its Place In Columbia
  5. Bracegirdle, Dave & Hartshorn, Steve (2004). The Legends of Mansfield Town. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-435-3.
  6. Mansfield Town Hall of Fame: Midfielders Archived 10 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  7. "Steve Charles is sacked as boss". Gainsborough Standard. 20 August 2009. Retrieved 3 September 2009.
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