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Steve Lomas : biography

18 January 1974 -

Stephen Martin "Steve" Lomas (born 18 January 1974) is a Northern Irish former professional footballer and the current manager of Football League Championship club Millwall.

As a player he was a midfielder from 1991 to 2010. He had spells in the Premier League for both Manchester City and West Ham United before moving into the Football League with Queens Park Rangers and Gillingham. In 2009 he became player-manager of Non-league side St Neots Town. Lomas was capped 45 times by Northern Ireland, scoring 3 goals.

Lomas was appointed manager of Scottish Premier League club St. Johnstone in 2011. He guided them to UEFA Europa League qualification places in 2011–12 and 2012–13. He moved to Championship club Millwall in June 2013.

International career

He earned 46 caps for the Northern Ireland national team, scoring three goals.


West Ham United
  • UEFA Intertoto Cup 1999

Club career

Lomas, a midfielder, first made his name with Manchester City after joining them in 1991. He soon broke into the first team but will often be remembered at the club for his misfortune of scoring an own goal on the last day of the 1995–96 season, which meant that City could only manage a 2–2 draw at home to Liverpool and were relegated from the Premier League on goal difference.

He then moved to West Ham United in 1997 for a fee of £2.5 million. He made his West Ham debut on 9 April 1997 in a 0–0 draw with Middlesbrough; his first goal coming on 3 December 1997 in a 4–1 defeat of Crystal Palace. He made 227 competitive appearances, scoring 13 goals, became club captain and was a member of the West Ham team which won the Intertoto Cup in 1999.

On 31 August 2005, he was released on a free transfer and joined Queens Park Rangers.

He left QPR in May 2007, and joined Gillingham on 31 July 2007. On 9 January 2008, Gillingham manager Mark Stimson revealed that Lomas had been placed on the transfer list. On 31 January it was announced that Lomas had been released from his contract.

Managerial statistics

Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
St Neots Town March 2009 July 2010
St. Johnstone 3 November 2011 6 June 2013
Millwall 6 June 2013 Present

Managerial career

After leaving Gillingham, Lomas took up a coaching role at Norwich City before managing St Neots Town. from 23 March 2009, until July 2010, leading the club to their most successful season for 40 years. He left the club briefly in January 2010, following the departure of chairman John Delaney, but returned after Delaney had been reinstated as Chairman. Lomas resigned from St Neots in July 2010 to pursue his ambition to manage at a league club. At the end of February 2011 he accepted the position of reserve team manager at West Ham United.

St Johnstone

In November 2011, Lomas signed a two-and-a-half year deal to manage Scottish Premier League side St. Johnstone following the departure of Derek McInnes to English Championship team Bristol City. Shortly after signing the deal to become first team manager he was joined by former Northern Ireland goalkeeper and Lisburn Distillery manager Tommy Wright who had agreed to join the club as an assistant to Lomas. In his first season as manager of St Johnstone, Lomas took the club to a top 6 finish for the first time since 1999.

After Hearts won the Scottish Cup, St Johnstone also qualified for the Europa League, entering the competition in the second qualifying round. Initially there was confusion about who their opponents would be, because of an appeal to CAS by Turkish club, Besiktas, who had been banned from this season's European competition by UEFA. Turkish club, Eskisehirspor were, however, confirmed as opponents of St Johnstone with the first leg to be played in Turkey on 19 July and the second leg at home at McDiarmid Park, Perth on 26 July 2012.

Despite a slow start to the 2012–13 season after many changes to the squad - 12 players were out of contract during the summer - St Johnstone had an excellent September, drawing with Dundee United and winning the next four matches, the first against Celtic, ending Ross County's 40 game unbeaten run and beating rivals Dundee, as well as reaching the quarter finals of the Scottish League Cup. On 4 October 2012, Lomas was named SPL Manager of the month, the first time a St Johnstone manager had won the award. On beating the Manager of the Month "curse" in October to record 5th and 6th straight wins against St Mirren and Kilmarnock, Steve Lomas achieved the best run of results at St Johnstone since 1971, reaching 2nd place in the SPL table behind Celtic.

In October 2012, Lomas' name began to be linked with vacant manager's positions in English clubs; first at Bournemouth, then Burnley, Fleetwood Doncaster Rovers and Coventry City.

Lomas achieved a second successive top six SPL finish with a game to spare, and on the last game of the season on 19 May 2013, in his first full season in charge, a 2-0 victory over Motherwell gave St. Johnstone 3rd place in the SPL and Europa League qualification, the first time in their history that St Johnstone had gained back to back European qualification.


On 5 June 2013, Millwall made an official approach to speak with Lomas about the vacant managerial position. His appointment as manager was announced on 6 June.

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