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Mel Sterland

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Position Right back
Born 01 Oct 1961, Sheffield (England)
Height 177 cm
Weight 80 kg
International Caps England: 1 full, 2 B, 7 U21

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Sheffield Wednesday 01 Oct 1979 01 Mar 1989 279 37  
Glasgow Rangers 01 Mar 1989 01 Jul 1989 9 3 £600000
Leeds United 01 Jul 1989 01 Jun 1993 146 20  

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1989 - 1990 41(1) 5 1   2   0   3  
1990 - 1991 38 5 6 1 6   0   5 2
1991 - 1992 29(2) 6 1   5 1 0   1  
1992 - 1993 3   2   0   0   0  
Total 111(3) 16 10 1 13 1 0   9 2

Jabba's Comments

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 never know!

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 ascot

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 once

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 english beefcake

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 shops !!!!!

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 model pro

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!....

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