The Road to Glory
Chapter 1 The Journey Begins
It was in the little square in front of Steven’s house on Ironside Road in the Bluebell Estate of Huyton, Liverpool that his first football battles were won. They may not be as well known as the glory nights at Anfield, Wembley, or the Ataturk stadium, but for Steven they were just as important then as those world famous occasions would be later.
For it was on these streets outside his home where that passion, that self-belief, that drive to win, were gleaned and fostered.
And right from the start it was obvious to see. He soon found himself playing with his elder brother, Paul, in the primary school team two years above his age group.
It was Ben McIntrye, manager of Whiston Juniors, Steven’s local Sunday league team, who first brought him to the attention of Dave Shannon, Hugh McAuley and Steve Heighway at Liverpool’s Centre of Excellence.
They invited him in for a trial at the tender age of eight. And the rest is history.
"Steven came in that night and it was funny because, as coaches, when you see something a bit special you don’t need to speak. You sort of look and make eye contact with each other."
"He was just different. From the first minute Stevie was special. It was natural talent."
"Steven’s love for LFC was something that really shone through. We saw him develop from an enthusiastic boy into a world-class player."