Mel Sterland had been one of the stalwarts of Wilko's Sheffield
Wednesday side in the 1980s after making his debut under Jack
Charlton in 1979. 1989 was quite an eventful year for him: he won
his only England cap in a friendly against Saudi Arabia, he moved
up to Glasgow Rangers after 10 years at Hillsborough, and shortly
after that he became one of Wilko's summer signings as he put
together a Leeds side to climb out of Division 2. "Zico" Sterland
had a powerful free kick and produced some great crosses, and
although some of the pacier wingers managed to get past him on
occasion, he made full use of his experience and bulk to ensure
that didn't happen too often. An ankle injury caused him several
problems and - despite several operations - his professional career
came to an end in 1994. He went on to be player/manager with
non-league Boston United.
Michael Sterland says: I'm trying to find out if I am related to
Mel as there's not many Sterlands about. If anyone can help it
would be appreciated.
Another Mike Sterland says: He's probably distantly related to
me, as my father's family comes from Clay Cross.
David Mawn says: I had photos on my wall,I used to make people
call me Mel,sad I know but who cares that guy was God to me.
Andy Bouskill says: Mel drinks in my girlfriend's local in
Sheffield, what can I say he's a really nice bloke.
Peter Russell says: I am trying to establish if Mel Sterland is
descended from the Sterlands of Chesterfield and, in particular,
from Henry Sterland and Sarah Scott. Currently, I am researching
the lives of the 40 Englishmen who were in the celebrated 7th
United States Cavalry at the time of the Battle of the Little
Bighorn. A Walter Scott Sterland, from Chesterfield, survived the
battle and died in North Dakota, USA, in 1922. Any information
would be very much appreciated.
Ben Sterland says: is he related 2 me i'm from leicester
Phil Townend says: I wonder if he's related to me....(?) You
Martin Blades says: I used to work with his brother scott at
Makro in sheffield. Best thing about him he is a mad blade fan.
Brian Kilklian says: It took a couple of deflections on its way
but that wont worry Mel Sterland! I got his pair of boots they were
Chris Edge says: I saw Mel Sterland in Pizza Hut just 3 weeks
ago!!(12/11/03). I have played football with him as i was on trial
with leeds for a 5 week spell in the 91-92 winning season. I still
remember in one training session i tripped him over because of his
funny shaped head!!!!
Mick Harford says: i once saw mel sterland in aldi he was buyin
20 packets of shoe laces. As the chant goes theres only one mel
sterland an he is the speedy right back from 91-92 dum dum dum dum
den um den dum dum dum den um !!!!!! i think he is sexy!
Lucie Tarplee says: i used to date mel in my teenage days. he
was a real STUDMUFFIN!!!! I would love to see him again, how does
it work then, anyone know???? he gave me a bag of sugar 4 crimbo
Rob Griffin says: mel sterland is my brother in law and is the
most down to earth, funny nicest blokes you could ever meet,he is
one of the lads but a family man at heart,loves a beer and a laugh,
top bloke who put his family first
bosko says: my names mandy and mel is my hero. I love his
celebrations and he is an unbelievable player in his time. Hes my
nathan sterland says: I am Mel Stelands son; Nathan,I find it
weird that so many people remember my dad, was he that good?,and
how much would he be worth now? Would he be abled to bring Leeds
back into the right half of the the Premier League
Ray says: i know mel well, hes a great lad with a trusty right
foot, i know jamie aswell and he is usually reliable down the left
as is harry. i also know david i went 2 his house last week. i know
alot of people.
mr pillay (richard morgans m8) says: mel used to be my best mate
at school .it was great fun we used to go around and do silly
things like walk around school carrying ladders! when we went out
of school it was brilliant.we went to the shops an bought a pack of
plastic an used to make things out of it like bin bags an corner
rachael says: i am married to mels nephew wayne i believe the
family descended from gypsys according to family information mel is
a down to earth guy and his son nathan is god father to my daughter
and is my baby sitter
becky sterland says: mel sterlands my uncle as my dad is his
twin brothr although they don't look like each other. unfortunately
ive not seen him for a while. i have followed in his footballing
career and i play for sheffield wednesday ladies team. im surprised
people remember him.
paul trollop (friend of pete puncheon) says: an this time its in
there! i remember mel as a fasion icon in B-WISE in solihull he
used to model things like mr pillays y-fronts and his thong
briefs.but on the playing side mel was a trusty right back no1 ever
got past him apart from the 20 left wingers in the league. he is a
Phil Ascough (el ginger) says: hero!!!!!
whoooooooooooooooooooooooo wot else can u say about mel sterland or
graham barr 4 dat matter. mel is god
Nathan Hands says: Mel Sterland is god
bosko says: mel is a great player an a sexy beast i luv him 2
bits he is my STUDMUFFIN an a great player
Darryl Tarling says: Zico! Zico!....