Steve Basham: the often injured footballing genius heads to Luton

Monday, 3 August 2009

We're the short-lived Exeter City strike partnership and we haven't had any dinner (pic from

For a while, Exeter City’s strike partnership was the rather gloriously violently sounding Basham and Stamp.

Ok, maybe only one pre-season friendly at Dorchester Town two years ago had the youth team goalmachine and the experienced frontman playing together, but what a combination. On paper at least. And when the words ‘on paper’ are written, that actually means it was an excuse for a bad pun.

Dean Stamp may be gone, shipped out to Truro City for a fee soon afterwards (yes, a fee. Around £10k, I think. Proof that Cornwall has a sense of humour) but Steve Basham stayed at St James’ Park for two years before being released in the summer.

And now he’s joining Luton. Probably. And I’m genuinely happy about that. Not because Happy As Larry would wish having to live in Luton on anybody, but because he’s joining a very good team with a chance of promotion and will be a real asset to them.

Bash spent as much time on the treatment table as he did on the pitch but he made a real difference when he did play. As my old mate Kirky used to say, he was the one player you used to fear when he was on the opposition team sheet.

Basham was very much a Sheringham-type player who could unlock defences with one swift pass and could read the game probably better than any of our other strikers.

It’s no coincidence that Jamie Mackie started scoring goals playing alongside Bash, as did Stanno. And his strike at Stevenage probably made the difference between us making the playoffs (and going up) that year and not.

But there’s no room for sentiment in football and Bash was told this summer he wouldn’t be pulling on the red and white of City again. A shame in one respect, as he added plenty to the team.

But then he was also getting older, often injured and possibly not up to League One. A tough decision, but also the right one on balance. It would be nice to keep your favourite players at the club forever, but you’ve got to be realistic.

Anyway, HaL wishes Bash all the best at Luton. To any Luton fans reading this, if he’s fit you’ve got yourself one of the most intelligent players for Conference level. I already thought the Hatters would get promotion this season, and Bash is another reason to believe that.

Also, Steve Basham may just be one of the most intelligent footballers HaL has ever spoken to, which probably explains why he often does radio summarising and this blog is reduced to ranting into an imaginary microphone after a few pints.

Bash, we salute you. And if you’re not running the BBC or managing a Champions League club in ten years, we’ll be very surprised.


martijn 4 August 2009 at 09:31  

Great post (and great blog, too). I was very sad when Bash had to leave Exeter, as I was always hoping for him to play and do well. He is so eloquent that I was disappointed to discover that his favourite bands are some R&B acts rather than some obscure 18th century computer. I can watch the assist to Gilly he gave against Barnet thousands of times.

Good luck, Steve.

martijn 4 August 2009 at 09:31  

(Oh, and he's never ever been booked, has he?)

martijn 4 August 2009 at 10:32  

Erm, in my first post 'computer' should be 'composer'.

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