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Full name  Stephen Powell
1971–1985  Derby County
Years  Team

Place of birth  Derby, England
Name  Steve Powell
Steve Powell
Date of birth  (1955-09-20) 20 September 1955 (age 60)

Playing position  Defender/Midfielder

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Stephen "Steve" Powell (born 20 September 1955) is a former English footballer. He primarily played in midfield and spent the majority of his career at Derby County where he played 420 times, placing him in the top ten for total appearances for the club. He also played for Tulsa Roughnecks in the NASL.


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Early life

Powell, the son of ex-Derby County player Tommy, went to Gayton Avenue Junior School, in the Littleover suburb of Derby, at the age of 11 he then moved to the Bemrose School just like his father once had many years before him. He is a keen Birmingham City supporter and a Director of Internal Audit.

Football career

Whilst at Bemrose School, Powell impressed the then Derby County managerial team of Brian Clough and Peter Taylor enough for Clough to sign him for Derby County on a visit to the school premises. Powell then went on to make his first team debut aged 16 years and 30 days in a Texaco Cup tie against Stoke City, which Derby County won 3-2. He made his league debut 3 days later aged 16 years and 33 days in the 2-1 win against Arsenal. Whilst at Derby County, Powell played as defender and midfielder. Powell made 352 appearances in the league for The Rams, scoring twenty goals. Powell won the player of the year (now named the Jack Stamps trophy) in the 1978–79 season.

Steve Powell went from a schoolboy star into an exceptional professional league player. Despite playing in a declining league side towards the end of his Derby County career, Powell was completely dedicated to Derby County. He was part of the team during some of their highest and lowest moments; a First Division title win in 1975, a European Cup semi-final appearance in 1976, relegation to the Second Division in 1980 and relegation to the Third Division in 1984. He retired in 1985 after well over a decade with the Rams, who had missed out on promotion back to the Second Division but would follow it up with two successive promotions.

Steve Powell and his father, Tommy appeared in 826 senior games between them for Derby County.

Steve now works at Derby College.


  • First Division
  • Winner (2): 1971–1972, 1974–1975
  • Texaco Cup
  • Winner (1): 1972
  • References

    Steve Powell Wikipedia

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