Born in Northumberland in 1960, Steve Bruce played for Gillingham and Norwich City before being signed by Sir Alex Ferguson for Manchester United. He quickly became Sir Alex’s captain and talisman, leading United to three Premier League titles, two FA Cups, one League Cup and one European Cup Winners’ Cup. Bruce became a true Old Trafford legend in his 9-year spell in Manchester.
His playing career finished with Birmingham City and Sheffield United, after which he managed the latter, then Huddersfield Town, Wigan Athletic and Crystal Palace. A six-year spell in charge of Birmingham City brought two separate promotions to the Premier League. Bruce took the reins at Wigan Athletic for two years, keeping them in the PL, then Sunderland for a further two years. He then achieved two further promotions to the PL as manager of Hull City. With Aston Villa he got to within one match of the top flight. He is now manager of Sheffield Wednesday.