A prolific scorer in three Divisions for Fulham (his 98 League goals for them included a hat-trick in the 1966 relegation decider at Northampton, and a personal nap hand at Halifax in September 1969), Steve was also a on time striking partner of Allan Clarke, and was bough for £100.000 by Jimmy Bloomfield to lift some of the scoring burden from Frank Worthington.
After helping Leicester City dispose of his former club on the way to the 1974 FA Cup semi-final in his first season, unselfish front-runner Steve ironically then suffered something of a goal drought himself, and was displaced for a spell by Chris Garland, before returning to hit 13 goals in 1976/77.
He took a belated Craven Cottage testimonial (Fulham v. Leicester City) in October 1975, and in 1979 returned to Filbert Street with his second NASL club, Tulsa Roughnecks.
Steve Earle left Leicester City to play in the NASL and first joined Detroit Express. He later played for Tulsa Roughnecks and Wichita Wings and then moving into management and return to Tulsa for a couple of seasons from 1983 to 1984, and by that winning the NASL indoor league.
He has since worked in the trade of “soccer” in the USA, employed at schools and different teams around in Oklahoma. In 2010 elected to the OSA Hall of Fame, and when Leicester City won the Premier League back in 2015/16 every newspaper around the globe tried to find a connection and easily so in Oklahoma it was Steve Earle getting the call.
- Full Name: Stephen John Earle
- Position: Forward
- Date of Birth: 01.11.1945
- Birthplace: Feltham
- Nation: England
- Caps / Goals: –
- Major League Career:
- 1963-74, Fulham (291/98)
- 1974-78, Leicester City (99/20)