Edwards was born in Sheffield in 1967. He lived on Burngreave bank
in a small row of terraces, which have since been demolished. When
he was five he moved to Kelvin flats. Kelvin was demolished ten
years ago and Steve lived with his gran in Upperthorpe. For the
last five years he has worked at Pitsmoor Adventure Playground.
Of his job he says “I love it, it’s a great job. I get
paid to play football, sports, paint with kids. I’m happy
with it.” Steve has two older children Siobhan and Jerome.
He now lives in Worksop with his wife and two year old daughter.
is your idea of happiness?
Where I am right at this moment in time. I’ve got my house,
I’m working, my wife’s working, I don’t need any
is your greatest fear?
Losing members of my family, not my death, their death.
do you dislike about yourself?
I’m not assertive enough, I used to lack ambition but now
with my wife and baby I’ve got direction. It gave me something
to work at.
do you dislike about others?
Lack of respect. I’ll respect anyone. If they’re all
right with me, I’m all right with them. You have to take time
out to know a person before you can judge them.
your earliest memory?
It’s of me being in Burngreave Bank. I must have been about
two. I remember going upstairs, I don’t know whose bedroom
it was but there
was a potato under the bed. I remember picking it up and throwing
it - don’t know - don’t know what was going off it was
just there and that memory’s stuck with me
makes you sad?
All this war that’s happening. It scares me it’s going
somewhere really bad. People think it’s not going to touch
them but we’ve all got families and friends. I think it will
or who is the greatest love of your life?
I’d say living. I love living and being around my family.
I love working here playing sport. Sometimes things get a bit bad
but you get over it.
words or phrases do you most overuse?
“Oh dear.” While I’m working here it’s,
“Don’t do that.”
is your greatest regret?
That I didn’t become a professional footballer, because I
could of. When I should have been focusing on my sport I was focusing
on other things like growing up. I got sidetracked.
do you relax?
I relax on my Playstation, believe it or not. Or when I walk the
dogs. Walking the dog really chills me out.
single thing would improve the quality of your life?
Passing my driving test. I’d have more freedom.
If you could
change one thing about Burngreave, what would it be?
I would say the drugs, but it’s not just drugs. There is a
lot of violence, there’s a violent attitude with kids lately.
I’d just like them to see sense, not to follow their older
brothers do things off their own bat. We try and show them there’s
a different way, an easier way. You can’t just leave kids
out on the street.
keeps you awake at night?
Worrying about losing people in my family.
would you like to die?
I’d like to go to sleep and probably not wake up.
would you like to be remembered?
I’d like to be remembered as Steve who could play football
good and never made any enemies. Long as they knew I could play
is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Be good – try and learn by your mistakes.
your favourite place?
On Rugby Wharf canal- where we used to go with Upperthorpe Middle
School. I think the British countryside is gorgeous. On a barge,
on a canal, that’s my favourite place.
between Steve Edwards and Steve Pool 17th September 2002
Photography : Richard Hanson