Steve Castle (full name Stephen Charles Castle)

Born 17 May 1966 in Barking

Steve played in the Football League between 1984 and 2001. He played for Leyton Orient in three separate spells, amassing a total of 322 appearances for them. Castle’s combative style attracted the attention of Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish and Wimbledon manager Bobby Gould. Castle was named in the PFA Third division team of the year for the 1990/91 season. A Twitter poll in 2014 saw Castle voted as Orient’s greatest ever captain.

He also played League football with Plymouth Argyle, Birmingham City and Gillingham as well as the Posh.

Plymouth Argyle boss Peter Shilton was seeking a midfield general to rally his new-look squad following relegation from the second tier in 1992. On the advice of a scout, he took in a game at Brisbane Road and left at half-time, instructing Argyle director Denis Angilley to start negotiations as he had “seen enough” of his target. A £225,000 transfer fee duly paid, Steve headed to Home Park and was promptly injured in a pre-season friendly. Argyle fans would have to wait until late October to see their new midfield marvel in meaningful action, but it turned out to be well worth the wait. He scored on his debut in a 2-0 victory against Wigan Athletic, and by season’s end had notched up 12 more. He continued in a similar vein the following season as Argyle marched to the playoffs, bagging 16 goals by Christmas and eventually ending the campaign with 22. The undisputed highlight of his Argyle career (and one of his own personal highlights, incidentally) was a record-breaking hat-trick in a fine 3-2 win at Stockport County in December 1993. His three goals in six second-half minutes were an astonishing feat and one that confirmed his place as a firm favourite of the fans. Indeed, ‘Super Stevie Castle’ became Home Park’s undisputed golden boy thanks to his barnstorming, all-action style and a left foot that developed an intimate relationship with the back of the net. Castle was named alongside his midfield partner Steve McCall in the all-time Argyle XI in a poll taken on the clubs website in 2011. He was named in the PFA Second division team of the year for the 1993/94 season before transferring to Birmingham City in 1995.

Castle joined the Posh on a free transfer as player-coach for the 1997–98 season and debuted on the opening day of the 1997/98 season in a 1-0 home defeat against Scunthorpe. Steve was influential in midfield during the 1998/99 season alongside home grown players Simon Davies and Matthew Etherington. Dubbed ‘Captain Marvel’ by Barry Fry in the three seasons he was at the Posh. Steve’s final game for the Posh was the play-off final against Darlington in 2000 at Wembley.

Steve moved to Leyton Orient on a free for 2000/01. In his final season at Orient Castle gained his UEFA ‘A’ coaching licence. Steve retired due to a persistent knee injury.

In September 2006 he became assistant manager to Jimmy Quinn at Cambridge United.

On the 13th December 2013 he became Royston Town manager.

Posh Record:

Competition

Starts

Used Subs

Unused Sub

Goals

Football League*

96

6

0

17

FA Cup

4

1

0

2

Football League Cup

7

1

0

0

Total

107

8

0

19

*Does not include Football League play-off games.