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Player profile - Steve Hammond

Name - Steve Hammond.

Age - 55.

Position - Striker.

Family - Married to Sara and we have 5 children between us.

Place of birth - King Lynn

Profession - Private Sector Housing Officer at Fenland District Council.

Football team you support - Tottenham Hotspur and South Lincs Steeler's of course.

Any other interests outside of Football?

I'm a big gardening fan and love attending to my own garden. Always spending my hard earnt cash on plants and garden items I don’t really need. Also play golf (badly) and enjoy travelling. As we have a large family between us I also spend a lot of my time socialising with family and friends.

How did you get into Walking football?

After Covid restrictions ended, my friend Chris and I were looking to get active again and saw a link to walking football in Spalding. I contacted Jason and a few weeks later we were at our first training session and have never looked back.

Steve in action at the Peterborough league

What do you enjoy the most about walking football?

Most definitely the comradery and team spirit. Lincs Stealers' is fantastic club; open, friendly and welcoming and full of great characters. Jason, Jamie and John do a magnificent job of running the club. Perhaps the biggest enjoyment I get from walking football is playing alongside my good friend and schoolmate Chris (Briston). When we were much younger men we played local league football for a number of different Wisbech based clubs but never together in the same team. Fast forward 30 + years and Chris and I have had the honour of representing Lincs Stealers' together in the PDL and Lincs leagues. Its been a dream fulfilled to be able to play alongside my old school buddy after all these years... even though were both now a pair of old crocs !

Steve and his old school mate Chris Briston

Is there any game or Training session that really stands out in your memory?

The game that stands out for me is last seasons game in the PDL against Stamford Strollers - A classic top v bottom clash. Stamford were run away leaders of the league and were expected to win well , so it wasn’t any surprise when we found ourselves 2-0 down. Undeterred, we battled back quickly making it 2-2. Stamford then scored again and again and were coasting at 4-2. Steelers' true to their name fought hard to get back into the game and within minutes were back at 4-4 and had Stamford rocking. Unfortunately Stamford scored with the last kick of the game to make it 5-4 but after the final whistle went all their players shook our hands and congratulated us on the giving them the biggest test of the season and playing our part in what was a classic PDL fixture. Ultimately we lost the game but within it we showed our determination, fight and spirit to keep battling. I was proud of everyone who contributed to that game as it showed that we are as a team much - much better than our league position currently suggests.

What do you hope to achieve in the future playing for the club?

I would like to be fit and well and still able to represent the club if they need me and hopefully transition into the over 60s team when the time comes ….. Oh... and a winners trophy before I finally hang my boots up would be most appreciated.

Quote from the Secretary Jason Putterill.

Steve since joining the club has become a valuable member and is growing all the time on the field. He play's Striker, he gets a good few goals and his hold up play with the goal to his back is excellent. More importantly Steve has become a great friend to us all and we are honoured to have him at our club.

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