LifeBogger presents the Full Story of a Football Legend best known by the Nickname; ‘Stevie G’.
Our version of Steven Gerrard’s Biography, including his Childhood Story, brings to you a full account of notable events from his boyhood days to when he became a Legend.
The analysis of the Liverpool Legend involves his life story before fame, family life and many OFF and ON-Pitch little-known facts about him.
Yes, everyone knows about Stevie G’s versatility, but few consider his life outside the pitch, which is quite interesting. Now, without further ado, let us begin.
Steven Gerrard Childhood Story – Early Life and Family Background:
Steven George Gerrard was born on the 30th of May, 1980 in Whiston, Merseyside by Paul Gerrard (father) and Julie Ann Gerrard (mother).
He was born with a birth defect called ‘clubfoot’ which made his foot to be twisted in (inverted) and down. He was treated on time. His parents didn’t want him to walk on his ankles or on the side of his feet.
Growing up, he had many injury problems while he forced his way through his birth defect recovery.
Young Gerrard even passed through a series of troublesome back problems as a little child. Thankfully, all these he recovered – to the joy of his family.
Steven Gerrard went to St Michael’s Primary (now Huyton-with-Roby CE). Back then, his teachers described him as a shy, private boy, according to his teachers.
He was always a nice, polite kid, well brought up,” a teacher remembers. “But it was when he went to the juniors, at about six, and started playing football that his personality came out.
You didn’t need to be an expert in football to see he was special. He was everywhere. Steven just loved it. He lived and breathed football.’ says Gill Morgan, who was his school team teacher.
“In those days, and his team had lots of success, mostly because of Steven.” Gill Morgan continues
Football came as a natural for little Steven Gerrard. As a little boy of 5, he developed the fantastic desire to focus solely on football after falling in love with the sport.
He participated in grass-root football close to home, which was close to Everton FC. Based on proximity, Steven’s love for Everton soared.
He would always wear its jerseys and visit Goodison Park to take photos with trophies on several occasions.
However, there were setbacks. Young Steven Gerrard shed tears when rejected by Tolgate, a local boys’ team, for being too young.
That week of rejection, he also missed a trip to Wembley with St Michaels (His grass-root club) after cutting his leg on a Coke Can while attempting a slide tackle.
Steven Gerrard Childhood Biography – More Childhood Accident:
Having another serious injury whilst playing football with his friends could have ultimately ended young Steven’s career before it began.
During a kick-about with friends as a youth, young Gerrard sustained a freak accident that nearly cost him his career.
After the ball got stuck in a hedge, he went to kick the ball out but instead kicked a garden fork.
This went through his shoe and into his big toe. One doctor said that his toe would need amputating. This made his parents seek other medical options to get poor Steve back on track.
Upon further medical options, hope was expressed for his parents as young Steve’s road to full recovery started and ended well.
After he recovered, Gerrard originally started playing for another of his hometown team, the Whiston Juniors.
Here he was spotted by Liverpool scouts, and he would join their academy at the age of 9.
He had tryouts at a few different teams, including Manchester United, which he failed. (yes you read that right).
About Steven Gerrard Wife:
After dating fashion journalist/model Alex Curran for 5 years, the couple got a catholic marriage in 2007.
Curran has launched her own fashion line, written a fashion column for the Daily Mail and has experience in modelling. The couple have 3 daughters, Lilly-Ella (2003), Lexie (2006) and Lourdes (2011).
Steven Gerrard Biography – The Book:
In September 2006, Gerrard published his autobio called ‘Gerrard: My Autobiography‘.
This book went on to win the Sports Book of the Year honour at the British Book Awards.
Gerrard’s second volume of his autobiography, My Liverpool Story’ written with Donald McRae, was published in September 2015. The autobiography ends with “I play for Jon-Paul.”
Gerrard’s cousin, Jon-Paul Gilhooley, was killed in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster when Gerrard was eight.
Jon-Paul, who was 10 when he died, was the youngest of the 96 victims of the tragedy. He was also the youngest Liverpool fan.
His cousins Paula Kadiri and Donna Ridland, who would babysit him, described him as a “lovely kid”.
It is pertinent to note that the St Columbus Primary school pupil was an altar boy and named after The Pope.
He was the cousin of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and the pair would play together back then when they were kids. Steven was a year younger.
“It was difficult knowing one of my cousins had lost his life”, Gerrard said. “Seeing his family’s reaction drove me on to become the player I am today.”
In his 2015 autobiography, Gerrard has stated that the four best players to have played alongside him are former Liverpool teammates Xabi Alonso, Fernando Torres and Luis Suárez and England teammate Wayne Rooney.
Steven Gerrard Biography Facts – Honorary Award:
He received an honorary fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University on 26 July 2008 as recognition for his contribution to the sport.
Steven Gerrard Untold Bio – He knocked down a 10-year-old with his Bentley in 2007:
On 1 October 2007, Gerrard was involved in a low-speed collision in Southport when the car he was driving hit a ten-year-old cyclist, who had shot into the street and inadvertently crossed Gerrard’s path.
He later visited the boy in the hospital and presented him with a pair of boots signed by Wayne Rooney, the boy’s favourite player, after which he stayed to sign autographs for other young patients
The Assault Charge:
On 29 December 2008, Gerrard was taken into custody outside the Lounge Inn in Southport on suspicion of a section 20 assault. He and two others were later charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray.
This was related to an incident that left a bar’s DJ with broken tooths and cuts to his forehead. Gerrard was required to attend Liverpool Crown Court and he faced his trial which he pleaded not guilty to.
His co-defendants pleaded guilty before the trial but Gerrard maintained his innocence. Gerrard admitted hitting Marcus McGee but claimed it was in self-defence.
On 24 July, Gerrard was found not guilty by the jury. Following the verdict, Gerrard said he was looking forward to getting back to playing football and putting the experience behind him. He was then allowed to go free.
Steven Gerrard Biography – 3rd player to make 500 or more Premier League appearances for 1 club:
Loyalty is not too common in the modern game, but Steven Gerrard has stayed with Liverpool his entire career and enjoyed a long and successful career there.
On the 25th of April, Gerrard became just the 3rd player to make 500 more Premier League appearances for 1 club.
The number of players who have played more games for a single Premier League club: Jamie Carragher (508 for Liverpool) and Ryan Giggs (632 for Man United).
In 2011, Gerrard appeared in the film ‘Will’.
This movie was about an orphaned young Liverpool fan who hitch-hikes to the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final.
Goal Scoring Facts:
He is the only footballer ever to have scored a goal in an FA Cup Final, a League Cup Final, a UEFA Cup Final and a Champions League Final with Rafa Benitez. (Well, that’s why he’s Captain Fantastic, you know).
At the time of writing this Bio, Only 15 number of players have scored more Premier League goals than Gerrard (120). Not bad for an ex-midfielder.
When Liverpool was down 3-0 after the first half during the 2005 Champions League match, Stevie G was the one who took the responsibility of dragging Liverpool into the match.
He scored the first header which motivated them and ultimately gave them the Champions League trophy.
He purposely decided to take the last penalty during the shoot out of the 2005 CL final.
Though he did not have to take it because Shevchenko missed, he wanted to be the last penalty taker because he believed he was the captain of the club and so it was his responsibility to take that penalty.