Bob Steane

Robert Gordon (Bob) Steane

We regret to report on the passing of another former Brakes player, Bob Steane.

As a teenager, Bob played cricket for Warwickshire Colts and football for Aston Villa and Walsall Football Club then joining Stratford Town Amateurs and moving on to Kenilworth Rangers. He was a very promising youngster and signed for Lockheed-Leamington as competition to another local lad Tony Partridge in the summer of 1968 by manager Sid Ottewell.

Probably the highlight of Bob’s career was the semi final of the Birmingham Senior cup at Hednesford who were defending an unbeaten run of home games over the last two seasons, Brakes took a three minute lead and the rest of the match was played in Lockheed’s half mostly around the penalty area where bodies blocked shots and headers and of those that got through Bob dealt with them. He was beaten twice but the woodwork came to Lockheed’s rescue and when from point blank range his one handed save that kept out Campbell’s effort must have knocked the stuffing out of the homesters.

Bob stayed five seasons with Lockheed before leaving the club then a chance meeting at the end of the following season, manager Jimmy Knox admitted to Bob he had let the wrong keeper go. The most widely used words used to describe Bob were “Brave and agile”. He was also proud to have followed in the footsteps of his uncle who played for Leamington Town in the early 1920s’ Bernard who was also a goalkeeper and a third Steane was W.H. ‘Biddy’ who joined the Magpies in 1919/20 from the Army playing on the right wing.

Robert died after a short illness at the ridiculously early age of 63 and he is survived by his wife Pauline, son Jamie, daughters Sarah and Natasha.

To the family and all friends, please accept our sincere condolences on behalf of everyone connected to Brakes Trust. Rest in peace, Bob.

Article kindly provided by historian Paul Vanes.

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