Players

Hedley Steele


Born in Barnsley, Hedley caught the football bug at an early age as he was brought up within spitting distance of Oakwell, and it was no surprise that, after his family had relocated to Devon, he would begin to fulfil his ambitions in the game. He was just a few days past his seventeenth birthday when he made his senior debut for Tiverton and he marked that milestone by netting a hat-trick, even though it was as a cultured centre-half that he became more renowned.

Steele spent a short time at Exeter City in 1974 before moving on to Dorchester Town in what was the beginning of a long spell in the Southern League. He also played for Weymouth and later Gloucester City before returning to Ladysmead on a permanent basis in 1987 where he became a crucial part of the team that gained promotion to the Western League Premier Division and went on to reach the FA Vase final in 1993. Hedley captained that side and also helped the club into the FA Cup First Round proper three times in five seasons. Having managed Tivvy's Reserves for a year he then closed out his playing career with Cullompton Rangers and Willand Rovers before taking over as manager at local side Bickleigh, eventually answering the Tiverton call again and taking up the Assistant Manager role in 2010.

He left the club in March 2013 along with manager Mark Saunders after a catastrophic run of poor results and has since returned to Silver Street as part of the Willand coaching staff, and late in the 2013/14 season even made a brief substitute appearance for Rovers at the age of 60, becoming possibly the oldest player ever to make an appearance in the Western League!



Player stats
Season Appearances Goals
Starts Subs Total League Cup Total
1970/71 - - - 0 3 3
1971/72 - - - 1 1 2
1984/85 - - - 1 0 1
1987/88 - - - 1 0 1
1988/89 - - - 8 3 11
1989/90 - - - 4 1 5
1990/91 - - - 4 1 5
1991/92 - - - 1 0 1
1992/93 - - - 1 0 1
1993/94 - - - 1 1 2
1994/95 - - - 1 0 1
1995/96 - - - 0 1 1
1997/98 0 4 4 0 0 0
1999/00 2 0 2 0 0 0
Totals 2 4 6 23 11 34

*Appearance and goal data covers all competitive first-team matches from 16/08/1997 onward.
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Date H/A Comp Opponent Score Goal scorers Att Extras
1970/1971
Sat13/02/1971ANDCCNorth Molton
7-1
Hedley Steele (3)
Terry Butt (2)
John Gullidge
Pat Hagley
--
1971/1972
Sat01/01/1972ADELPBudleigh Salterton
3-0
Hedley Steele
Terry Butt
Colin Campion
--
Tue09/05/1972HHCExeter City
1-4
Hedley Steele
--
1984/1985
Sat01/09/1984AWL1Keynsham Town
1-1
Hedley Steele
--
1987/1988
Sat30/04/1988HWL1Westbury United
5-2
Mark Seatherton (2)
Clive Jones (2)
Hedley Steele
--
1988/1989
Sat20/08/1988AWL1Westbury United
3-2
Hedley Steele
Clive Jones (2)
--
Sat03/09/1988HFACBridgend Town
7-2
Mark Seatherton
Clive Jones (4)
Hedley Steele
Peter Rogers
--
Wed14/09/1988HWL1Bridport
3-2
Mark Seatherton
Hedley Steele
Own Goal
--
Sat12/11/1988HWL1Keynsham Town
2-1
Hedley Steele
Clive Jones
--
Sat07/01/1989AWL1Yeovil Town Reserves
2-1
Clive Jones
Hedley Steele
--
Wed18/01/1989HWLCFrome Town
2-1
Hedley Steele
Clive Jones
--
Sat28/01/1989HFAVThatcham Town
1-2
Hedley Steele
--
Wed22/02/1989HWL1Glastonbury
8-0
Mark Seatherton (4)
Hedley Steele
Peter Rogers
Dean Graves
Own Goal
--
Wed15/03/1989HWL1Clandown
4-1
Hedley Steele
Peter Rogers
Mark Seatherton (2)
--
Fri24/03/1989AWL1Elmore
4-1
Hedley Steele
Richard Forbes
Martyn Rogers
Own Goal
--
Sun09/04/1989HWL1Calne Town
1-1
Hedley Steele
--
1989/1990
Wed04/10/1989AWLPDawlish
2-0
Hedley Steele
Peter Rogers
--
Mon04/12/1989AWLCYeovil Town Reserves
3-1
Hedley Steele
Peter Rogers
Mark Saunders
--
Wed14/03/1990AWLPBarnstaple Town
3-0
Graeme Kirkup
John Durham
Hedley Steele
--
Sat17/03/1990AWLPFrome Town
2-0
Hedley Steele
Clive Jones
--
Mon30/04/1990HWLPExmouth Town
2-0
Hedley Steele
Peter Rogers
--
1990/1991
Sat08/09/1990AWLPPaulton Rovers
2-1
Hedley Steele
Dean Roberts
--
Sat27/10/1990HFACPeacehaven & Telscombe
3-2
Hedley Steele
Martyn Rogers
John Durham
--
Wed30/01/1991HWLPExmouth Town
2-2
Steve Hynds
Hedley Steele
--
Wed13/03/1991HWLPChard Town
3-0
Clive Jones
Hedley Steele
Kevin Smith
--
Wed03/04/1991AWLPTorrington
2-2
Hedley Steele
Matthew Scott
--
1991/1992
Fri17/04/1992HWLPMinehead
1-0
Hedley Steele
--
1992/1993
Sat26/09/1992AWLPChippenham Town
2-2
Hedley Steele
Matthew Scott
--
1993/1994
Wed15/09/1993HFACWorcester City
4-2
Kevin Smith (2)
Phil Everett
Hedley Steele
--
Sat23/10/1993HWLPTorrington
5-0
Mark Saunders (2)
Phil Everett
Hedley Steele
Kevin Smith
--
1994/1995
Sat29/04/1995AWLPFrome Town
6-0
Mark Saunders
Kevin Smith
Paul Edwards
Lee Annunziatta
Dave Leonard
Hedley Steele
--
1995/1996
Sat14/10/1995HWLCWelton Rovers
7-1
Paul Edwards
Hedley Steele
Kevin Smith (2)
Ben Rowe
Martyn Grimshaw
Steve Rowland
330
1997/1998
Sun15/02/1998AWLPMelksham Town
2-0
Steve Daly
Kevin Nancekivell
648Click to see players 
Wed18/02/1998HWLPOdd Down
5-0
Kevin Nancekivell (3)
Pete Varley (2)
257Click to see players 
Sun29/03/1998HWLPPaulton Rovers
4-1
Pete Varley
Kevin Smith
Phil Everett
Pete Conning
394Click to see players 
Tue07/04/1998HWLPBideford
7-0
Kevin Nancekivell
Kevin Smith (2)
Phil Everett (2)
Rob McGahey
Pete Varley
397Click to see players 
1999/2000
Sat20/11/1999ASL1Shepshed Dynamo
2-0
Kevin Nancekivell
Phil Everett
184Click to see players Click to read report
Sat27/11/1999HFATFarnborough
0-4
 842Click to see players Click to read report
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