Malcom Allison snitched the young and promising midfielder from Crystal Palace in a deal worth £250 000 in 1979. It was a considerably amount when you take into account that he had yet to make his league debut., It also made Steve the most expensive teenage signing at the time. He made his first game for City against Crystal Palace in August 1979, and was a regular under Allison at Maine Road. Steve played in both the 1981 FA Cup finals, and scored in the replay when City lost 2-3. He was then transferred to West Bromwich Albion for £500 000 in August 1981. Steve has played at U-21 level for England.
I noticed the Homepage had a where are they now style feature. Well if you wondered where Steve Mackenzie is now.... he sits over the other side of the room to me in my Computer Graphics lecture (Wolverhampton University)... He is studying multimedia and he's a suberb bloke. Although in a recent chat with him he let it slip that he is a spurs fan! (that must have caused him mixed emotions playing them in the F.A.)
21/1 2004: Former Manchester City, West Bromwich Albion and Crystal
Palace striker Steve Mackenzie is rolling back the years by helping out
Dr Martens League Western Division side Gresley Rovers during a striker
crisis at the Moat Ground. On his debut against Shepshed Dymano recently
Mackenzie came off the bench to score a memorable goal with his first
touch to seal a comfortable 3-0 victory for the Moatmen. Mackenzie joined
the Moatmen on a short-term basis. "Im just helping them out because
they have got a few injuries at the moment. It's just a short-term thing
because I coach at West Brom's School of Excellence during the week and
I usually work for the press association covering games on a Saturday.
I've managed to keep myself reasonably fit and Gresley have given me the
opportunity to play again. I play for the Albion Old Stars in the summer
and I go jogging two or three times a week, It's a nice bonus to be playing
again." said Mackenzie. "It's like no other feeling in the world,
there's still a buzz there." Rovers boss Gary Norton, who at 29 is
the youngest manager in the club's history, added: "I was about seven
when Steve scored in the FA Cup final, I honestly can't remember that
final which must make Steve feel very old! "I do remember Ricky Villa's
goal though!" He added: "Several supporters were questioning
my sanity for signing a 42-year-old but he rammed it down their throats
with that goal. His movement and passing is great. The years may have
passed him by but he has still got that touch of quality."