Foxes A to Z, Steve Lynex, tricky winger in one of many moves to and from Birmingham City

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Despite having only a limited League career at St. Andrews, where he rapibdly gamed a reputation as “super-sub”, Steve also had two cup-winning medals to his name by the time Jock Wallace paid £60.000 to bring him to Leicester City.

From West Bromwich Albion’s Youth Cup victory in 1976, and from Shamrock Rovers’s FAI Cup win in 1978, in fact the speedy winger’s confidence building sojourn in Irish football got off to a uniquely unpromising start with a gunman offering Steve a persuasive reason not to proling his trail period with Sligo Rovers, but Johnny Giles soon gave him a second chance after having been responsible for freeing him from The Hawthorns only weeks before.

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At Filbert Street later Steve Lynex developed quickly with regular top flight football, soon assuming the mantle of penalty taker and going on to claim a good proportion (23) of his respectable goal tally from the spot. For most of his City days the only orthodox winger on the club’s books (and player of the season 1983/84), Steve suffered occasionally from either instructions or an inclimation to make himself more of an all round midfield player, and sometimes appeared strangely reticent top play to his pacy, dribbling strengths, but the sigh of him taking on his marker close to either touchline or by line, and leaving him failing, brightened many an early 80’s afternoon.

However, a combined loss of form and apparantly motivation led to marked drop in Steve’s valuation. He moved back to his hometown club for a merely nominal fee only a year after City hed held out for a six figure price from West Bromwich Albion.

Steve moved on and played his last years in League football at Cardiff City, were he was nicknamed “Lethal Lynex”. He then moved into non-league action and played for a number of clubs including Telford United.

Steve hit the headlines again in 1994 in unfortunate circumstances when, as a West Midlands licensee, he was burned in a firework night bonfire explosion which proved to be fatal for one child.

FACTFILE:

  • Full Name: Steven Charles Lynex
  • Position: Winger
  • Date of Birth: 23.01.1958
  • Birthplace: West Bromwich
  • Nation: England
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  • Major League Career:
    • 1979-81, Birmingham City (46/10)
    • 1981-87, Leicester City (213/57)
    • 1987-88, West Bromwich Albion (29/3)
    • 1988-90, Cardiff City (62/2)
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