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Steven Paul "Steve" Sumner (born April 2, 1956) is an expatriate Englandmarker born, New Zealandmarker football player, who was captain of the national team during the country's only successful campaign to qualify for the World Cup, in 1982.

Club career

Sumner began his football as an apprentice at Blackpool before moving to New Zealand in 1973 to play for Christchurch United, winning the National League in his first year. Sumner went on to win 6 Chatham Cups and 5 league titles.

International career

His international career spanned from 1976 to 1988, including a record 105 appearances for New Zealand (beating the record previously held by Brian Turner), 58 of which were A-internationals.

An active and attacking midfielder, Sumner scored a national record six goals during New Zealand's 13-0 defeat of Fiji during the 1982 World Cup qualifying campaign. He was also one of New Zealand's only two scorers in the 1982 World Cup Finals tournament in Spainmarker (along with Steve Wooddin), in New Zealand's 5-2 loss to Scotland. He was the first player of the FIFAmarker Oceania zone to score in a World Cup.

In 1991 he was inducted into the New Zealand Soccer Media Association Hall of Fame.


Since retiring Sumner has maintained his involvement in football, being employed by TVNZ as a media personality. More significantly he also sits on the Executive Board of the Wellington Phoenix bringing much needed professional playing experience to the table.



Player of the Year: 1983

Golden Boot: 1983


Christchurch United


Gisborne City


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