He was abandoned outside Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton as a baby. And now Steven Patrick has launched a campaign to find the mother who left him behind.
Steven Patrick, named after Wolves legend Steve Bull, was just hours old when he was left, wrapped in a blanket and suffering from hypothermia, in the toilet block opposite the ground on March 17, 1989.
Fortunately a passer-by, who had gone to the toilets before buying tickets for a match, spotted the baby in his blue cocoon and took him to a nearby shop, where an ambulance was called.
The discovery made headline news in the Express & Star as the police appealed for his mother or anyone with information about his identity to come forward.
Just one person ever responded to the police appeal – a 16-year-old girl claiming to be Steven’s mother but she was found to be lying.
Despite an exhaustive search, no birth mother was ever traced.
With the anniversary of his find fast approaching Steven, now aged 23, is launching a fresh bid to be reunited with his birth mother.
A Facebook group has been set up called “Foundling In 1989 – Steven Patrick” and has so far got the support of almost 50 people.
After he was found, Steven spent over a month in hospital recovering from hypothermia.
Nurses named him after Wolves and England striker Bully, who donated a hat and scarf when he heard about the incident. Steven’s second name was a reference to his birth date, St Patrick’s Day. He still supports Wolves to this day.
When he was one year old, Steven was taken in by a family in Cheadle, Staffordshire.
He said: “My mum and dad were always open about me being adopted, I had a cake to celebrate the day I was adopted. We turned it into a good thing, which it was, it was a brilliant thing.
“I had an ace childhood. They knew absolutely nothing about my birth mum but always said it would be nice if I could start building up a picture.
“They understood the need to know. The problem was that I needed a name to start looking and I literally had no information.
“I am inclined to think that my mum was just young and scared and just needed to get out of the situation.
“If she had been more secure, she would have come forward sooner but something personal could have been stopping her. Maybe it’s stopping her now.
“I think that at least she left me in a public place – she wanted me to be found.”
Steven added that he also wanted to meet the passer-by who discovered him abandoned.
“The woman who found me phoned me a couple of years ago,” he said.
“She told me she always thought about me on March 17. I would like to meet her, to thank her. I did send her a one-off Christmas card with a bit more detail about my life, but she didn’t get back to me.
“I think maybe a phone call was enough for her, and that’s fine.
“I suppose I didn’t really expect anyone to come forward because of the circumstances.”
Adoption support social worker Derdra Windows said: “We fully understand the complexities involved in re-establishing contact with relatives separated through adoption.
“Usually we have supporting information and resources.
“But Steven’s case is an unusual one, as we have nothing.
“In light of this, we are appealing for anyone with information to come forward. We guarantee we will deal with anyone who contacts us sensitively.”Subscribe to our Newsletter