Steve back from brink of death and can’t wait to be on touchline

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AFTER being close to death and on a life support machine at one stage, plucky local football boss Steve Toyne says he is looking forward to the day he’s back on the touchline.

Steve, long-serving manager of Dinnington Town of the Northern Counties East League (NCEL), is recovering from a serious back operation in Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital but is just itching to get back with his lads.

“The hospital were so concerned at one time they called my family to see me,” said Steve, 68, who was admitted after an anaphylactic shock. He later had a cardiac arrest and was on life support.

“I’ve just had the surgery on my spine and can’t walk at the moment and don’t know how long it will be before I’m out but I’m hoping pretty sooon.

“I just want to get back out there with the lads, that club has been a huge part of my life latterly,” added Steve who has been in charge for 13 years and oversaw a successful spell in the Central Midlands League and the promotion into the NCEL along with their finest hour, winning the NCEL Cup in 2010.

“I’ve had so many calls from so many people wishing me well and a speedy recovery and I’m so very grateful for all the good wishes,” added Steve. “It makes me feel so humble, I like to thank them all.”