Steve Sumner

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Steven Paul Sumner (2 April 1955 – 8 February 2017) was an English-born New Zealand football player. He was born in Blackpool, Lancashire. Sumner was captain of the national team during the country's first successful campaign to qualify for the World Cup in 1982.

In 1991 he was inducted into the New Zealand Soccer Media Association Hall of Fame[1] and was then awarded FIFA's top award, the FIFA Order of Merit, before the opening of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, along with Johan Cruyff and former South African president Thabo Mbeki.[2]

Sumner died on 8 February 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand from prostate cancer, aged 61.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Hall of fame". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. 1 June 2008. Retrieved 29 July 2008.
  2. "All Whites great Sumner awarded top honour". stuff.co.nz. 10 June 2010.
  3. "Football great Steve Sumner dies". Otago Daily Times. 2017-02-08. Retrieved 2017-02-07.