Steve Ingie (1946 – 2020)
Former Bradford City right-back whose determination saw him overcome a serious injury in later life has sadly passed away with coronavirus in South Africa. Steve Ingle who was born in Manningham, Bradford started his career as an apprentice with his hometown club Bradford City, before turning professional in the summer of 1964.
Ingle, left Valley Parade three years later and went on to play for Southend United, Wrexham, Stockport County, Southport and Darlington before moving to South Africa were he joined Arcadia Shepherds in Pretoria. During his career he went onto to make a total of 293 football league appearances, scoring 23 goals.
After retiring from the game he overcame a serious injury after an accident in 1995 whilst working as a technician for elevator company Otis and Schindler he fell down a lift shaft and was in hospital for about six months. He’s struggled with pain ever since, but went on to walk again without the aid of a wheelchair, before moving to the village of Sedgefield on the Western Cape with his wife.
After testing positive for coronavirus whilst struggling to breath over the weekend, the seventy-four year old was admitted to hospital on Wednesday the 16th December 2020, but sadly passed away this morning.