Steven Schumacher – on captaining England, playing at Everton but never getting a Premier League chance

26 August  13 Comments  [Jump to last]
In light of the sale of Ryan Ledson, at one time talked about as a future Everton captain, to the lower leagues, many Evertonians recall the similar fate of Steven Schumacher, an Academy product who seemed destined for a long top-flight career

Andy Mitten spoke to a player for whom there were high hopes as a teenager coming through Everton's youth system but whose chance in the Premier League never came.

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Liam Reilly
1 Posted 26/08/2016 at 19:35:48
Good article. Seems a level headed lad who's made a career in the lower leagues and still loves the club.

Must be tough moving around so much especially with a young family. That said, there's many that would trade places for a career in professional football.

Does show the other side of the modern game though, where Niasse and similar like him can become very wealthy overnight and hardly kick a football and lads like Schumacher have to graft for a living.

Eugene Ruane
2 Posted 26/08/2016 at 19:54:08
Very interesting article, he comes across as having a little more insight (and possibly intelligence) than the average player.

Wish him well, sounds like a good blue and was obviously a decent player.

(It's a name you don't forget too, I remember a lad called Schumacher when I was in St Margaret Mary's juniors in the 1960s, plus I seem to recall a Liverpool boxer with that name.)

John Pickles
3 Posted 26/08/2016 at 20:08:30
Judging by the age of most of his signings, Walter probably thought he was signing Steven's dad.
Bobby Thomas
4 Posted 26/08/2016 at 20:38:31
Good interview. Despite clearly having had a good career, with hopefully 2 - 4 seasons left (although doing a cruciate at 32 is a twat) you get a feeling of him wondering why it didnt quite go the way he maybe hoped or anticipated.

Maybe he just found his level, who knows? But the way footballers develop is strange. There are so many elements in the equation. Steven Schumacher clearly had it mentally, captaining all the way through the ranks, others just don't mature. Some develop early and stall. Some develop that bit later, such as Bainsey who, as mentioned, couldn't make Kirkby Boys, left Everton, dropped down and progressed from there.

Maybe he just didn't have that extra. But then did someone like... Lee Carsley? Robbie Savage? The margins must be fine I guess.

Fair play, Stevens had a good career and seems to have the right kind of attitude and awareness of self and others to make a success of managing or coaching.

Tony Heron
5 Posted 26/08/2016 at 21:47:02
I remember Steven Schumacher when he was at Cardinal Heenan in the late 90's. My son was a pupil at the time and my wife was working there. Steven was thought of as the next big thing after another old boy, Steven Gerrard. Of course it's nothing new that a star schoolboy doesn't quite make it.

When I was in my late teens I often watched the great Huyton Boys team, the only non city team to win the National Schoolboy Trophy. The star of that team and a really classy player was a lad called Frank Pimblett who was the captain. He went on to join Aston Villa but failed to progress and I believe he went to play in Australia.

Another midfielder in that team, but less glamorous or inventive, was a lad by the name of Peter Reid. Football can be fickle!!

Paul Kelly
6 Posted 26/08/2016 at 22:25:28
Definitely comes across as having a level head. Like the bit about armchair supporters, made me laugh.

But strangely enough, two schools I went too mentioned in the first five posts.

John Austin
7 Posted 26/08/2016 at 22:25:48
I remember watching him as a youth player at Everton. Cracking player and he seemed to have the football world at his feet. Saw him in the EFC youth team (with Rooney) that demolished Spurs at White Hart Lane. He was the second best player on the pitch after Wayne. I wish him all the best for his future.

I grew up in Kirkby in the sixties and can vouch for the production line of really good footballers over a number of decades. In my day, a kid called Ray Pritchard was an early version of Kevin Ratcliffe and Kevin Beattie. Real talent. Played for Everton , Kirkby Boys, Lancashire and (I think) England Schoolboys. Think he then went to Tranmere then lost touch with his career.

Eugene Ruane
8 Posted 26/08/2016 at 23:57:09
Tony (5) - I also saw that Huyton side with Peter Reid in it.

I think it was Barking boys they (we!) beat in the final.

Memory fading but have a feeling it might have been over two legs.

Certainly for the home leg, I remember getting on a double decker on Pilch Lane, hired by St Margaret Mary's to take us to Anfield (or..um..maybe it was Goodison).

I remember just about everyone I knew going and there being buses and coaches from every school in Huyton there.

Thinking about it now, it seems odd how big a deal it seemed - going to watch a team of 14 year olds from your district - but I suppose (comes over all J.R Hartley) it was a simpler time and there was just less available by the way of entertainment.

Tony Heron
9 Posted 27/08/2016 at 22:32:04
Eugene (#8),

As I recall it was at Goodison.

Mick Davies
10 Posted 29/08/2016 at 15:35:12
Eugene @ 2, there's a large family of Schumachers and most of them were involved sports, so I assume he was related. I know Steven's great uncle, he was a boxer and a PT instructor in the Army.
Dave Abrahams
11 Posted 29/08/2016 at 15:52:29
Mick and Eugene the boxer you are thinking of might have been Brian Schumacher who won an ABA title in 1984 and went to the Olympic Games that year, he came from Dovecote.
Eugene Ruane
12 Posted 29/08/2016 at 16:16:15
Dave (11) – If he came from Dovecot, he's almost certainly the lad I'm thinking of (99% sure he was in my sister's class in the juniors).

Tony – re Goodison, no doubt you're right, as I say memory gets worse by the hour.

Steavey Buckley
13 Posted 29/08/2016 at 16:39:54
Many of Everton academy and youth teams have had players playing for England yet never played for Everton 1st team on a regular basis or even played no more than one game, which proves that those who manage England teams choose the wrong players.

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