19 November 2001
Barnet Football Club Supporters' Association are sorry to learn about the death of ex-Barnet player, Steve Brinkman, following a heart attack last week.
Steve started his playing career with the Arsenal juniors, before moving to Wealdstone. As Wealdstone were big rivals of Barnet at the time, we played against Steve on many occasions. With his long blond hair, good looks and skilful ball-play, he was an obvious target for away supporters. However, after he signed for Barnet he soon became a crowd favourite.
He made his debut for the Bees on 21 August 1979, against Boston United. After two seasons, he left to join Aylesbury, but re-joined Barnet in time for the 82/83 season.
After his second game of that season, against Weymouth on 28 August 1982, he suffered a heart attack. Up until this point, Steve had shown bags of potential that could have taken him to a higher level. Unfortunately, the heart attack kept him out of the game for two years, with the obvious impact on his career. Playing around twenty more games, he last played for Barnet on 27 April 1985, against Gateshead.
Barry Fry was managing Maidstone by this time and Steve followed him there. However, a second heart attack ended his playing career. Barnet arranged a benefit match with teams made up of Barnet Present, versus Barnet Past.
Steve had 138 appearances for Barnet, with eight goals.
He was manager of Luton Old-Boys, having also managed Brache Sparta of the South Midland League.
Our condolences and best wishes go out to his wife Barbara, and their children.