A goal on his debut didn't help Steve Balcombe gain a regular
first team place, and he moved on to play for various clubs in
Ireland and spent some time at Whitby playing for Eddie Gray. Last
time I heard he was running a pub in North Yorkshire.
Anonymous says: I was there when he scored his goal, I remember
cause I won a tenner on the golden goal !!
Lu King says: Steve now lives near Dubiln, Ireland and recently
Lee Mattocks says: myself and Steve played up front for
Boroughbridge until 1997. Still class at the age of 35, carrying a
beer belly. Sold pub at Ouseburn a year ago now lives in Dublin
Paddy Carson says: He recently became a father for the first
time. A baby boy, with his wife Gillian. The live in Skerries, a
town 18 miles north of Dublin.
H says: yes I was at his wedding late 2001 in Balbriggan co.
Dublin. He has a baby now and is still on the beer.
Fred Balcombe says: Steven played schoolboy leauge for Ireland
and Wales. Has 4 caps 2 Irish 2 Welsh prior to joining Leeds. He
now runs "The Bull Inn" in Ripon Yorks with his wife Gillian. Watch
this space for William Balcombe the new baby already a star kicking
his toy's around the place.
Shello says: I met Steve a couple of months ago when he moved
next door to run'The Bull Inn' West Tanfield Ripon. I still havn't
got my drill,ladders or wife back. Never mind the Guinness is
Paul Hopkins says: Have just come back froma wonderful weekend
with Steve at his inn, The Bull Inn in West Tanfield, near Ripon
North Yorks. It is a wonderful place, great food and pints of
'Sheep' and Steve is the consumate and genial host. he really
looked after myself and wife Geraldine and Andrew Quigley who is an
old friend of Steve's. There is a gastronomic delight of a chef at
the Bull Inn. He's French. They wined and dined us. Gillian and
baby Will were on holiday in Skerries, Dublin, Ireland. I am
definitely going back. West Tanfield is beautiful. PS Steve
occasionallt talks about his Leeds days. He is fit and well and can
still down a pint or ten. Reagrds
Stephen & Elaine Brooks say: Steve and his business partner
Patricia Grant have been in the pub trade for a fair while. We
first met them at The Crown in Great Ouseburn which, although a bit
out of our way, soon became a regular haunt. We were as sick as a
parrot when they left there but having discovered that they're at
The Bull (ever further out of the way for us) it's still in danger
of becoming our local. Personally I'm perfectly happy with a diet
of well-kept real ales but you're hard pushed to eat better than
The Bull at establishments with all the airs and graces and the
attitudes and prices to match. Don't believe me? Then more fool
you.And Steve's footballing career is not over, he's playing for
West Tanfield (at home home) in the league cup semi-final this
Sunday 23rd March (ko 10:30 - don't be late!)
Big Rob says: I played football with Steve in the annual East
verus West village game in Great Ouseburn Dteve definately stiil
had his touch, I miss the crack you used to get with him and Pat in
the Crown, since he's left I've been up to The Bull, to see him,
beautiful beer garden, excellent food and hopefully Steve and Pat
will buy The Crown back and good times will return to Ouseburn.
Steve Balcombe says: hi jabba. my name is steve balcombe!
thank-you for your comments, but there's too much emphasis on my
alledged beer belly and ablilty to consume extra-ordinary amounts
of ale.i have just completed a tri-athlon for cancer research so i
cant be that unfit, but on the other hand, never trust a landlord
who doesn't sup his own beer.
mike thompson says: never saw him play. but steve was a great
Derm says: Steve is back in North Yorkshire running the newly
named Victoria pub, at Cattal..(used to be called Huntsman) Only
just opened in April 2004. Beer as good as ever.
Jonathan Balcombe says: I kicked a ball around with Steve when
he was 9 and I was 11 during a family reunion trip to UK from
Canada in 1970. Proud to have seen (on video) his lovely goal for
Leeds, and chuffed to be now living in York and able to visit his
beautiful new pub at Cattal! I'm paying for the beers next time
Steve, dammit man!
waitress says: I work for Steve at 'the victoria' in cattal.