Have you ever wondered what a former Swans player has been up to since hanging up his boots?
In a regular feature, we catch up with past players to give you the answers.This week we focus on former Swans striker Steve Torpey, who scored goals in 199 matches for the club between 1993-97.
On January 17, 1995, Steve Torpey played and scored in a memorable 2-1 victory for Swansea City at Middlesbrough in an FA Cup third-round replay.
The Swans, then of the old Division Two (now League One), had held Boro – who won that season’s Division One title – to a 1-1 draw in the original tie at the Vetch 10 days prior to pulling off a famous upset at Ayresome Park.
“It was a fantastic win for us at Middlesbrough,” reflects Torpey, who netted five times in 10 FA Cup appearances for the Swans between 1993 and 1997.
“It was a cold, wet Tuesday evening and we dug in to get a great result. I can remember my goal from that match well. The ball came across from Steve Jenkins and one of their defenders (Chris Morris) made a bit of a hash of the clearance and I was able to get a shot away. Dave Penney got our other goal.
“Middlesbrough were a fantastic team at the time – they got promoted to the Premier League at the end of that season.
“There were some fantastic pros in their team like Curtis Fleming, Nigel Pearson, Robbie Mustoe and Craig Hignett. It was quite a big upset going to such an in-form team, who were a division above us, and winning.”
Torpey cites that victory over Middlesbrough as one of the highlights of his four-year spell with the Swans.
The London-born striker also has fond memories of the Swans’ Autoglass Trophy victory against Huddersfiled Town at Wembley in 1994.
“The win over Huddersfield was a big moment in my career,” says Torpey, who made seven appearances in the competition that season, scoring once.
“I was disappointed not to start the final as I’d been a regular in the XI up until that game.
“Frank (Burrows) decided to change it and put Andy McFarlane in. Andy gave us the lead in the match (that finished 1-1 after both 90 minutes and extra time) so that obviously proved to be the right decision.
“I came on in the last 10 minutes of normal time and then played the extra time of course.
“The match went to a penalty shootout and I put myself forward to take one of our kicks. I wanted to make my mark on the game having not started.
“It was great to score in the shootout, which ended up being quite comfortable for us in the end. We scored all three of our penalties while Huddersfield missed three out of four.”
Having made his professional debut for Millwall in 1989, Torpey also played for the likes Bradford City, Bristol City, Notts County (loan), Scunthorpe United, Lincoln City, Farsley Celtic, North Ferriby United and York City during his career.
Towards the end of his playing days, Torpey began studying for his coaching badges and gained experience by working with apprentices at Hull City’s academy.
In December 2008, he was appointed York’s youth-team coach and was promoted to assistant manager in March 2013 under the management of Nigel Worthington.
“We did well, staying in League Two in his (Worthington’s) first season (2012-13) and then getting to the play-offs the next season before losing to Fleetwood,” says Torpey.
“When Nigel was replaced by Russ Wilcox, I stayed on for about six months before he brought his own staff in, including a new assistant manager, which was fair enough.
“After that, I did a bit of work for Leeds United in their academy coaching the under-15s.
“Just before Christmas 2015, I got a phone call from the York City chairman asking if I would return to the club as under-18s coach. I jumped at the opportunity and have been doing the same job ever since.”
Torpey, who also had spells as caretaker manager at York in 2010 and 2014, obtained his pro licence last summer having studied for his qualification alongside the likes of Gary and Phil Neville, Brad Friedel, Mark Sampson, Mark Warburton and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink at the Football Association’s national football centre, St George’s Park.
So does Torpey have aspirations to become a full-time manager in the future?
“I enjoyed my spell as assistant manager at York, but I particularly enjoy working in academies and I think that’s where my future lies,” the former frontman added.
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