Premier League Career: Manchester City (1992-1996), West Ham United (1997-2003)
Nephew of the former Manchester United and Northern Ireland goalkeeper Harry Gregg, Steve Lomas was a familiar figure in the central midfield line-ups of both Manchester City and West Ham United during the first decade of the Premier League.
His professional career as a player spanned 19 years which saw him play for four different clubs and win 45 caps for Northern Ireland, scoring three times. Although he played for Northern Ireland, Lomas was actually born in Hannover, Germany in 1974. His father was stationed there as a soldier. After a brief period living in Hong Kong during his childhood, he moved to Northern Ireland at the age of two.
In 1991, he made his first-team debut for Manchester City and figured prominently in their first four Premier League campaigns which often saw the Citizens struggle against relegation. On the final day of the 1995-1996 season, Manchester City hosted Liverpool FC on the final day, needing to better the results of Southampton and Coventry City to stand any chance of avoiding the drop. Lomas played an unfortunate part in this tale. He scored a cruel own goal to give Liverpool an early lead and although City recovered to draw 2-2, they were relegated on goal difference.
He stayed with the club initially after their relegation before transferring to West Ham United in March 1997 for a fee of £2.5 million. A month later, he made his Hammers debut in a 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough and his first goal arrived the following season in a rearranged fixture against Crystal Palace. He had a spell as club captain and was a pivotal figure in the club achieving their highest Premier League finish of fifth spot and UEFA Cup qualification in 1999 via the Intertoto Cup.
In total, Lomas made 227 competitive appearances for West Ham, scoring 13 times but the club were relegated from the Premier League in 2003. He left in the summer of 2005, winding down his playing career with Queens Park Rangers and Gillingham. Lomas moved into management after his retirement in 2010, enjoying two very successful campaigns in Scotland as the manager of St Johnstone. This included a top-three finish in 2012-2013 and earned him his sole management gig in England with Millwall. That ended on Boxing Day 2013 after a 4-0 loss to Watford had the Lions just four points above the Championship relegation zone.