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From World Cup football to Fletcher Easysteel, our ‘Lethal Left Foot’ is planning his next move.

When British football player Steve Wooddin first moved to New Zealand in 1977 to play for Dunedin City, he admits to not even knowing where New Zealand was!

At the age of 22, Steve was playing for 3rd-tier professional UK team the Tranmere Rovers when he read an advertisement in the local paper for what looked like an opportunity too good to pass up.

Just five years after arriving in Dunedin, Steve was representing New Zealand as a forward when the All Whites became the first New Zealand team ever to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.

The legendary 1982 campaign saw the All Whites play 15 qualifying games over 80,000kms, before playing Scotland, Russia and Brazil in the Cup itself. "It was a lifelong dream to play Brazil," says Steve. "Words just can't express the feeling of competing against the biggest and best in the world – it was unbelievable and something I will never forget."

After the Cup, Steve played for the All Whites for a further 18 months before a recurring ankle injury got the better of him and he "retired gracefully". His friend and Fletcher Steel employee Marcel Verweij suggested he apply for a sales position at Fletcher Steel and he has been doing an amazing job within the business ever since.

Now, 30 years on, Steve and his wife Desiree are keen to move north to sunny Nelson but the good news for Fletcher Easysteel customers is he'll be working out of our Nelson branch next year. We won't let go of you that easily Steve!
Left and middle, Steve celebrating after scoring against Scotland in the 1982 World Cup in Spain and right, action during New Zealand's second game of the tournament against the Soviet Union.


 

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