Does anyone remember the first Stephen Ward?
Not the Republic of Ireland international currently on loan at the Amex, but Albion’s reserve player of the 1970s.
When I asked on North Stand Chat, ‘One Teddy Maybank’ replied:
Yes, I don’t think he made an appearance for the first team, but being a keen youngster at the time, I watched a fair amount of mid-week league reserve fixtures. He probably would have been OK in the old Div 4, but just didn’t quite have the ability for the level Mullery had us playing at. He was sort of ungainly in movement…..
He was never going to displace Horton, Piper, Clark or any of the other midfielders around that time.
Although no relation to Peter, Stephen Ward does feature in various Brighton squad photos from 1975/76 to 1978/79. Here he is in 1976/77:
Back row: Tony Towner, Joe Kinnear, Vaughan Woolley, Stephen Ward, Robin Madden, Alan Lewis, Carmine Porpora, Steve Eley.
Middle row: Alan Mullery, Michael Jones, Dennis Burnett, Gerry Fell, Graham Cross, Andy Rollings, Ken Gutteridge, Ian Mellor, Chris Cattlin, Sammy Morgan, Graham Winstanley, Colin Murphy, Mike Bamber.
Front row: Glen Wilson, Ken Tiler, Harry Wilson, Peter Ward, Peter Grummit, Michael McKen, Philip Smith, Brian Horton, Peter O’Sullivan, Fred Binney, Steve Piper, George Aitken.