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 got
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 with
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 great.
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
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
waitress says: I work for Steve at 'the victoria' in cattal.