Former Newport County defender Steve Aizlewood died last night in the Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, after a short illness. He was 60. Steve, a surveyor since retiring from football in 1984, leaves a wife Val and a son Simon. His brother Mark is a former Welsh international who is currently the manager at Welsh Premier League club Carmarthen Town. Steve was born in Newport on October 9, 1952, and his football career started when he signed a youth contract with Newport County in 1968. He turned professional a year later and played as a defender with the club until 1976. He made 197 appearances scoring 18 goals. During this time, he made five appearances for the Wales Under-21 side. He moved to Swindon Town and spent four years at the Wiltshire club scoring ten times in 112 starts. He then moved to Portsmouth and in four further years, made 176 appearances scoring 13 goals. After leaving Portsmouth, he played in the Southern League for Waterlooville before retiring from the game.