Alex Stepney Autographs signed memorabilia Manchester United goalkeeper.
Authentic Alex Stepney Autographs signed memorabilia Manchester United goalkeeper. Genuine autographs obtained in person during a private signing March 2021.
Alexander Cyril Stepney (born 18 September 1942) is an English former footballer who as Manchester United’s goalkeeper; when they became the first English club to win the European Cup.
Born in Mitcham, Surrey, Stepney had unsuccessful trials with Fulham and joined Tooting & Mitcham United. From there, spotted by Millwall, who signed him as an amateur in 1963; but quickly realised his potential and made him a professional within two months of his arrival. Stepney was ever-present for almost three seasons, making 158 appearances, only missing the last game of the 1965–66 season. During this period, he earned three England under-23 caps.
In May 1966, Stepney joined Chelsea for £50,000. Manager Tommy Docherty initially intended to play Stepney and fellow goalkeeper Peter Bonetti in alternate weeks; but just three months later Stepney was sold to Manchester United for a record fee of £55,000, having made just one appearance for the club. With Harry Gregg’s career virtually ended by injury, the Manchester United manager; Matt Busby, opted for Stepney after deciding that neither Pat Dunne nor the injury-prone David Gaskell was up to the job. Stepney made his debut for United later the same year against Manchester City at Old Trafford, and he kept a clean sheet as United won 1–0 through a first-half goal from Denis Law.
Manchester United Rise & Fall
Furthermore, Stepney, occasionally recalled by Ramsey but would ultimately not add to his solitary England cap, with Shilton emerging as the new deputy and ultimate long-term replacement. He continued to play in goal for Manchester United in a period of significant underachievement for the club, which culminated in their relegation to the Second Division in 1974, a season which saw Stepney, unusually for a goalkeeper, score two goals from penalties thus making him the (joint) leading scorer at Christmas. For half a season he was replaced by Jimmy Rimmer. By now, with Stepney’s former Chelsea manager Tommy Docherty in charge; they bounced back as Division Two champions the following season (1974–75).
During this time, Stepney suffered a freak injury when he dislocated his jaw barking instructions at his disorganised defence.
The next two seasons saw Alex Stepney Autographs as the wise head behind a new; youthful team collated by Docherty courtesy of some astute purchases and a prolific youth set-up. During this period, Stepney had to compete with Paddy Roche for a regular starting position. Stepney the only player with any Wembley experience at club level at all when United reached the 1976 FA Cup Final and the nerves of the youngsters got the better of them as Southampton; a division below United but containing some experienced heads of Alex Stepney’s autographs generation, won 1–0. Stepney had no chance with the goal from Bobby Stokes; a late, low, crossfield shot which United claimed fruitlessly from an offside position.
Stepney was the only player in the 1977 FA Cup winning team remaining from the European Cup winning side of nine years earlier. Stepney was also the last remaining player to play for the club under manager Sir Matt Busby.