If you are old enough to remember the great Everton side of the mid 1980’s, you will recall that one of their most potent offensive weapons came down the flanks. On the left was Kevin Sheedy, a man with a left foot that could open a tin of beans whilst writing a baroque masterpiece and down the right was Trevor Steven, the slight of build, impish winger from Burnley who had the pace, skill and style to create chance after chance for the Everton frontmen, as well as scoring more than his fair share of goals from midfield.
Steven began his career with Burnley in 1980 in the lower reaches of the English football league, however three years later, Howard Kendall was convinced by his talents to spend £300,000 on him to bring him to Goodison Park. At Everton, Steven would mature from a slight teenager with talent, into one of the best right midfielders in Europe. Playing a pivotal role in Everton’s title successes in 1985 and 1987. Indeed his performances were so impressive during the 1985 campaign that England manager Bobby Robson called up the right sided midfielder for his England World Cup squad.
Steven would go on to represent his country in four successive major finals, The Mexico World Cup of 1986, Germany for the European Championships in 1988, Italy for the World Cup 1990 and Sweden for the 1992 European championship finals. He would end his international career with 36 caps, scoring four goals.
At club level, Steven’s time at Everton came to an end in 1989 when Graeme Souness wanted to pair him alongside former Everton and England team mate Gary Stevens down the right for Rangers. Smith paid Everton £1.5m for the winger. His three years at Rangers saw Rangers claim the league title on each occasion and his form was excellent, enough to convince Marseille to splurge £5.5m on the winger. Steven played a key role in helping Marseille win the French title, but never really settled in France, moving back to Rangers in 1992.
His second spell at Rangers was punctuated by continual injury problems and despite the fact Steven played for five years after his return, Rangers winning the title in each one, his role gradually diminished at the club until he announced his retirement at the end of the 1996-97 season. A glittering career had come to an end.
Since hanging up his boots, Steven has moved, like many players into the media. He had a spell with Eurosport and also worked for the BBC during the 2002 World Cup finals as a co-commentator. He has continued to develop a career for himself in the media, working currently as a pundit or co-commentator for Irish television station RTE, covering the English Premier League and Champions League, as well as the World Cup finals in Germany.
However the erudite, intelligent Steven does not just confine himself to punditry. Steven has set up Mimax, an umbrella company who provide payroll services for contract and freelance workers in the UK. In addition to that he writes a weekly football column for financial newspaper City AM as well as being a respected and established FIFA licensed football agent based out of his adopted him Glasgow.
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