Steve Lovell was best-known for his time at Portsmouth and in Scotland with Dundee, Aberdeen and Falkirk. He had a brief spell on loan with Exeter City when aged twenty.
Steve started as a trainee with AFC Bournemouth and signed a full professional deal in July 1999. After eight league matches he moved to Portsmouth in a £25,000 deal in August 1999.
Featuring rarely for Pompey in his first season, Steve arrived at Exeter City on loan in March 2000 scoring on his debut in a 1-0 home win over Halifax Town on 21 March. Although he was to play in four further matches for the Grecians, Steve didn’t add to his goal tally and returned to Portsmouth following his final game for Exeter against Lincoln City on 24 April.
After further periods on with Sheffield United and QPR, Steve departed Fratton Park in August 2002 having mainly been used by Pompey as a substitute (13 league starts; 19 off the bench). He was then to spend three seasons with Dundee - scoring 35 goals in 98 competitive appearances - before joining Aberdeen in 2005, Falkirk in August 2008 and Partick Thistle in 2009. Steve eventually returned to AFC Bournemouth in 2010 prior to retiring in September 2011 due to a persistent ankle injury.
Steve’s half-brother is Eddie Howe who managed AFC Bournemouth and later Newcastle United.