Profile of Steven Flack, Professional Footballer

An article in the Orwell Bulletin based upon comments from Doug Arnold, then Secretary of Orwell Football Club

The following paragraphs first appeared in the December 1995 edition of the Orwell Bulletin

Photo:Steven Flack

Steven Flack

 “I would like to take this opportunity" says Doug Arnold, secretary of Orwell Football Club, “on behalf of all Orwell players past and present, to congra

village football to professional  in six months

tulate Steven Flack on his success in gaining a two year professional contract with Cardiff City. Steven's meteoric rise from village football to professional status has taken a mere six months, which must rank as some record. After playing for various teams at youth level, Steve progressed to the Orwell senior side at the age of sixteen, following in the footsteps of father Richard who devoted his entire playing career to the village side. Steve started playing in the position of left-back, but quickly progressed into his now familiar position of centre-forward where he soon became top goal scorer for two seasons.

reputation as a prolific goalscorer

Following the Orwell First Team's disbandment from the Premier Division B two years ago Steve moved along to join local Premier Division team Foxton where he was very successful and gathered a reputation as a prolific goal scorer. This summer he joined Cambridge City, but other clubs including Cambridge United, Lincoln City and Barnet quickly took notice of his uncompromising style of play.

"Local lad does well"

However, it was Cardiff City that captured his signature after pursuing him most vigorously. “Local lad does well” is a most apt phrase in Steve's case, since he has spent his entire life in Orwell, first with his parents Joan and Richard in Fisher's Lane, and now in Brookside where he lives with his wife Jane. To the best of my knowledge – and I stand to be corrected – Steve is the first Orwell person ever to become a professional in any sporting field; a feat of which the entire village should be justly proud. I am sure that I echo everyone's thoughts in wishing Steve every success for the future with Cardiff City. We hope the he and Jane have an enjoyable time in South Wales and that they make the trip back up the M4 as often as possible.

possibility of appearing in European football

As a footnote – playing for Cardiff also has the possibility of appearing in European football, providing that they are successful in the Welsh F. A. Cup. From the Orwell Recreation ground to the pitches of Europe would be quite a transformation. WELL DONE STEVE!!!”

This page was added by Martin Grigor on 28/12/2012.

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