Walker, Steve

Birth Date

16th October 1914





Biographical Text

Missing the peak of his career because of World War Two, Steve Walker played for Exeter City between 1938 and 1950. He joined the club from Sheffield United, having also played for Leeds United and Gainsborough Trinity. He was to play for Minehead after leaving St James’ Park. 

Starting with Leeds United, Steve was with Gainsborough Trinity when he signed for Sheffield United in May 1937 although he was to never play a league match for the Bramall Lane club. Moving to Exeter City in May 1938, he made his debut at Somerton Park against Newport County on 22 October 1938 and quickly became a regular during the last full season of football before the outbreak of war.

During the war he guested for Dunfermline Athletic, Doncaster Rovers and Southampton whilst serving with the Royal Navy. Appearing for Exeter City again in both 'wartime' seasons of 1944/45 and 1945/46, Steve made 31 league appearances when 'official' football resumed in 1946/47 and continued to play regularly until the 1949/50 season as he added 111 post-war league appearances to those he had made in 1938/39.

Having turned down a player-coach job at Ilfracombe Town, Steve became player-manager at Minehead in May 1950 until taking over a pub in Warminster in 1953.

Steve Walker died in 1987.







Valerie king

Steve was my father and I just wanted to point out that he was never in the Coldstream Guards but instead was in the navy. If you need evidence of his wartime service I can provide this. Are you able to amend the above please?

Paul Farley

Can you contact us at the Football Club we would love to update his war record. Reception@ecfc.co.uk

The information came from a previous historian at the club. 

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