Stephen Ward

First Team Coach

Stephen Ward 2015 (v Buckley Town Friendly)

Stephen Ward joined South as goalkeeper in August 1995 and would remain first choice up until the end of 2010 and was considered the best amateur keeper around.

 

He had one period away from South in 1998 when he journeyed to New Zealand and for a short period was in the reserves in 2005 before stepping back up to the first team.

 

From 2010 he became cover to first choice Peter Webster and in 2013 moved up to the management team as First Team Coach.

 

His name often appears as substitute for back up keeper duties and has made two such appearances.

One in April 2016 at the key title game at Chester Nomads and in  April 2017 when keeper Andy Murphy was caught in traffic and arrived after kick off 

Stephen Ward 2003 at The North Field

During his playing days Stephen amassed 427 first team appearances putting him fourth in South's all time chart and recorded a club record 131 clean sheets eclipsing the previous record held by Peter Eales.

 

Stephen has won three cup and two league titles with South as a player and also made 23 reserve team appearances (with 11 clean sheets).

 

He made his debut at home in August 1995 against Waterloo Dock in the Liverpool County Combination (home then being St John Almond School in Garston)

 

His last appearance for South as a player was in October 2012 in a West Cheshire Bowl game at West Kirby Reserves. 

 

On his 400th first team appearance he scored from open play with a long clerance up field which beat the visitors keeper. 

 

He has once come out of goal and played outfield during part of a league game in 1998 against YCT at South's then home, Pavilions.

Stephen in goal the 1997 Andy Nolan Cup Final at Fords when South lost to Waterloo Dock