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Back in History – From Rugby to Soccer stars


Not many South Africans can boast that they have soccer ties with soccer players that represented England and played for Dagenham, Luton Town, Queens Park Raners, Stoke City, Chelsea, Ipswich Town and Bournemouth, but Shane and Brooklyn Poggenpoel from Mitchells Plain have that honour due to their Stein uncles.
Their respective father and grandfather Brian Poggenpoel also played soccer but he made his name as a rugby player when he started his rugby career at the age of 19 in 1976 at Caledonian Roses under the former WP Rugby Union (Saru).
Brian was also the first SA Coloured player to play club rugby in the apartheid era in Italy in the 1987/88 season for Valpolicella in Verona.
“You know it is expected of children to follow in their father,
grandfather or uncle’s footsteps and it was a given if they play rugby, you will follow suit.
I never thought that Brooklyn and Shane would excel in soccer and not in rugby.  Shane not only started his professional soccer career at Ajax Cape Town but went on to represent Supersport United, Maritzburg United, Pretoria University and Milano United in the Premier Soccer League.
He not only won three Premier League titles with Supersport United back to back under Gavin Hunt, but also played in the SAA Super 8 final for the same team under Pitso Mosimane. The latter scouted him at Ajax to join Supersport United,” Brian said.
Brooklyn is currently on loan at Cape Umoya United, who is competing in the National First Division (NFD) from Bidvest Wits and his performances and soccer skills on the pitch is the talk of teams in the NFD.
“In 1979 I joined Cape Town United Rugby club and played with the late Salie (Lippe) Fredericks and Yusuf Davids. The following year I made myWP debut at lock for WP against Tygerberg and played for WP till 1982.
In 1983 I joined Northerns League, under the leadership of Dougie Dyers,that played under the SA Rugby Federation, and the team made history when they won the Bayly Cup of the Western Province Rugby Union in the same year.
“In 1984 to 1985 I played in the WP League Gold Cup team and also captained Northerns from 1985 to 1987.
In 1986 I played and captained the first WP Mixed Gold Cup team and at the end of 1986 I was selected for the WP League team for the friendly against Boland League in Darling. In 1987 I got called up to the WP League team for the Lion Cup game against Stellaland.
In the second round I replaced Andrew Alexander after he injured his ankle against Transvaal and played in my first Sport Pienaar game against Boland,” Brian said.
Here is a short summary of their ties with their Stein uncles in
England and it is obvious where the soccer genes comes from.
Brian Stein represented England once in 1984 and started his career with  Edgware Town before signing for Luton Town in 1977.
He made 427 appearances and scored 130 goals. He was initially a winger but became a central striker. In 1984 he helped England win the 1984 Uefa European Under 21 Football Championship  and  was the reserve-team coach for Luton in 2000 and was the caretaker coach of Luton and left the team at
the end of the 2006/7 season.
Ed Stein played midfielder for non-league team Dagenham before making one appearance in the Football League for Barnet during the 1991/92 season.
He made ver 500 appearances for Barnet between 1982-1993. He was voted Player of the Season at Underhill in 1988-1989 by the BFC Supporters Association.
At the time he was one of two black managers in the country alongside Keith Alexander. In 1993 he resigned from Barnet to become assistant manager at Southend United and later became the manager of non-league side Harrow Borough where he stayed for three years.
In 2012 he took over as manager of Southern Premier Division side Banbury United  and resigned in 2014.
Mark Stein was a striker from 1984 to 2004 in the Premier League for Chelsea and the Football League for Luton Town, Aldershot, Queens Park Rangers, Oxford United, Stoke City, Ipswich Town and Bournemouth before finishing his career in Non-league with Dagenham and Redbridge and Waltham Forest. Stoke fans named him “The Golden One” and he went on to
top-score in 1992-93 as Stoke won the Second Division title.
He scored 33 goals in 57 matches. In 1993/94 he hit the headlines after scoring twice past Manchester United in the League Cup.
He moved to Chelsea and set a Premier League record by scoring in seven consecutive matches from December 1993 to February 1994.
The record stood until 2002, when Ruud van Nistelrooy surpassed it. He also played in the 1994 FA Cup Final and scored 25 goals in 63 games but lost  his place in the 1996/97 season in the first team due to the arrival of new strikers Mark Hughes, Gianluca Viallie and Gianfranco Zola.
He returned to Stoke on a short-term loan, scoring four goals in 11 games in 1996/97.
He left Chelsea in 1998 and was on loan for Bournemouth. In 2007 he was appointed as the new physiotherapist at Barnet after taking on a temporary role at the end of 2006/7.
In September 2010 he took up a full-time role as physiotherapist at Crawley Town. His spell at Dagenham and Redbridge notable for its ending, as he resigned over the club’s refusal to investigate allegations of racist comments made by Daggers manager Garry Hill against Fitzroy Simpson. He ended his career playing for Isthmian League Division One North club Waltham Forest, scoring three goals in seven appearances in the 2003/4 season.
Shane finished his D-License Coaching Course and supports Kaizer Chiefs and Manchester United. He also loves rugby and cricket and made his soccer debut at the age of 5 for Liverpool-Portland in Mitchells Plain.
He made the WP U.12 team and played for Young Strikers in Gugulethu from age 11 to 14. At age 14 he started at Ajax and was promoted to the 1st team at the age of 18 years under Cavin Johnson and was fully promote under Gordon Igesund where he played three seasons for Ajax.
Brooklyn started at Liverpool-Portland as a 4-year old. He then joined Anchoridge and spent two years at Mr Price Parkhurst.
In 2009 he moved to Old Mutual Academy and played for them for nine years. His personal achievements include two Engen Knockout Challenge winner, 2 SA U20 caps against England and Brazil in 2017 and was the Engen Knockout Challenge Defender of the Tournament.
He support Arsenal and the Sharks. Cristiano
Ronaldo is his role model because he admire his work ethic and desire to succeed.
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