53 Facts About Steve Bruce

1. In December 2010, Steve Bruce was involved in a car crash during a snow storm, but managed to escape from the crash unharmed.

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2. In July 2011, Steve Bruce switched his international allegiance to Northern Ireland.

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3. Steve Bruce signed a two-year deal with Championship club Hull City, where his father was manager, on 30 July 2012.

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4. Steve Bruce made his second start in the next round of the League Cup, against his former club Leicester City.

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5. Steve Bruce was born in Norwich, Norfolk, but moved to the Greater Manchester area at the age of three when his father, centre-back Steve Bruce, was transferred from Norwich City to Manchester United.

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6. Steve Bruce was created on Dec 31, 1960 in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Put on, England.

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7. Steve Bruce is back where he started in management but on the opposite side of the city's divide, claiming his formative years at Sheffield United were too long ago to affect his new job with Wednesday.

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8. Steve Bruce told the Sheffield Star: "There were one or two enquiries about Sam but, to be fair to him, he wanted to stay and prove himself to ourselves.

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9. Steve Bruce has now revealed that Winnall snubbed the chance to leave Hillsborough—and instead wished to fight for his place with the Owls after some unfortunate injuries in recent months.

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10. Steve Bruce decided against a major shake-up of the Wednesday matchday squad, with Rolando Aarons the only one of their three deadline day signings included—and he was only sent on for the final few minutes.

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11. Steve Bruce enjoyed a winning start to his reign at the weekend courtesy of a stoppage-time minute winner by Lucas Joao at Ipswich Town.

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12. On 12 October 2016, Steve Bruce was appointed manager of Championship club Aston Villa.

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13. In January 2016, Steve Bruce won the Championship Manager of the Month after leading Hull to four victories; Hernandez, who scored six times, got the players' equivalent.

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14. On 8 June 2012, Steve Bruce was appointed as manager at Championship club Hull City on a three-year contract.

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15. On 25 February 2011, Steve Bruce signed an extension to his contract, keeping him at Sunderland until 2014, with chairman Niall Quinn stating that "In only 18 months he has reshaped our squad beyond recognition, bringing in some fantastically talented players.

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16. Steve Bruce made wholesale changes to Sunderland's squad, signing 13 players and selling 15 in his first 18 months at the club.

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17. Steve Bruce was joined at Sunderland by three of his former Wigan Athletic coaching staff, assistant Eric Black, goalkeeping coach Nigel Spink, and reserve team coach Keith Bertschin.

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18. On 27 May 2009, Steve Bruce was reported to have been given permission to talk to Sunderland about succeeding Ricky Sbragia, who resigned as manager after the last match of the season.

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19. On 23 November 2007 Wigan announced that Steve Bruce had now signed his contract and would officially rejoin the Latics.

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20. Steve Bruce contemplated leaving football for a job in television but was persuaded by Huddersfield Town owner Barry Rubery to become the club's manager.

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21. In May 1999, Steve Bruce resigned from his post after just one season in charge, citing turmoil in the club's boardroom and a shortage of funds for transfers.

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22. Steve Bruce caused controversy when he attempted to take his team off the pitch during an FA Cup match against Arsenal.

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23. Steve Bruce played 11 matches for the club before retiring as a player, his final appearance being in a home match against Sunderland on 28 November 1998.

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24. Steve Bruce was made captain of the team, but his Birmingham career was dogged by a series of disagreements with Francis.

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25. Steve Bruce states in his autobiography that further investigation revealed that, while his earlier appearance for England B in a friendly match was not an issue, his appearances for the England Youth team in a UEFA-sanctioned tournament prohibited him from playing for the senior team of another country.

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26. At the height of his success with United, Steve Bruce was contacted by Jack Charlton, manager of the Republic of Ireland national team, who had discovered that, due to his mother's place of birth, Bruce was eligible to play for Ireland.

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27. Steve Bruce played again at Wembley, in the League Cup final, in which United were defeated by Sheffield Wednesday of the Second Division.

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28. Steve Bruce began to attract the attention of big-name clubs in late 1987, with Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Rangers all reported to be interested in signing him.

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29. Steve Bruce came up to me and said 'I should have capped you'.

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30. Steve Bruce eventually opted to sign for Norwich City in August 1984 for a fee variously reported as £125,000 or £135,000.

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31. Steve Bruce came close to making his debut for the club's senior team in May 1979, but Summers decided at the last minute that, as Gillingham were chasing promotion from the Third Division, Bruce was not yet ready to handle the pressure of the occasion.

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32. At the time Steve Bruce was playing as a midfielder, but he was switched to the centre of defence by the head of Gillingham's youth scheme, Bill Collins, whom Bruce cites as the single biggest influence on his career.

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33. Steve Bruce travelled down to Kent with another player from the Wallsend club, Peter Beardsley, but although Gillingham signed Bruce as an apprentice, they turned Beardsley away.

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34. Steve Bruce was selected for the Newcastle Schools representative team, and at the age of 13 was among a group of players from the team selected to serve as ball boys at the 1974 League Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.

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35. Steve Bruce was born in Corbridge in Northumberland, the elder of two sons of Joe and Sheenagh Bruce.

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36. Steve Bruce took over as manager of Sheffield Wednesday in February 2019.

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37. Steve Bruce began his managerial career with Sheffield United, and spent short periods of time managing Huddersfield Town, Wigan Athletic and Crystal Palace before joining Birmingham City in 2001.

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38. Steve Bruce became the first English player of the 20th century to captain a team to the Double.

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39. Steve Bruce was on the verge of quitting the game altogether when he was offered a trial with Gillingham.

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40. Steve Bruce is the manager of Championship club Sheffield Wednesday.

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41. Steve Bruce is the new bookies' favourite for Southampton job.

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42. Steve Bruce was preceded by his parents; brother, Brian Garrett, and step-father, Robert Golden.

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43. Steve Bruce has been tipped to make a Premier League return with struggling Fulham—and Aston Villa fans have had plenty to say about it.

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44. Steve Bruce spent just shy of six full years as manager of Birmingham City in the noughties.

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45. Steve Bruce comes from the cash grain side of the market working for General Mills at the ChicagoBoard of Trade in the summers in the 1970s calling the country to buy wheat at cheap basis levels and with Illinois Grain learning the barge trade.

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46. In September 2004, Steve Bruce was involved in an altercation outside his home with two men who were attempting to steal his daughter's car.

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47. On 8 June 2012, Steve Bruce was appointed as manager at Championship side Hull City on a three-year contract.

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48. In his first season as a manager, Steve Bruce guided Sheffield United to eighth place in the First Division, nine points away from a place in the play-offs.

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49. Steve Bruce was among five former Premier League players signed by Birmingham manager Trevor Francis to add experience to a squad expected to challenge for promotion.

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50. Steve Bruce helped United win their first-ever League Cup in April 1992, captaining the team in the final in place of the injured Bryan Robson.

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51. Steve Bruce played regularly, and scored three goals, in the team's progress to the final against FC Barcelona.

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52. Steve Bruce was voted Norwich City Player of the Year, but the team was relegated to the Second Division.

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53. Steve Bruce has been linked with a return to the Championship with this club.

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