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Anthony Stokes
Anthony Stokes Poland 2013.jpg
Stokes for the Republic of Ireland, 2013.
Personal information
Full name Anthony Stokes
Date of birth (1988-07-25) 25 July 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Celtic
Number 10
Youth career
2002–2003 Shelbourne
2003–2005 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Arsenal 0 (0)
2006–2007 Falkirk (loan) 16 (14)
2007–2009 Sunderland 36 (3)
2008–2009 Sheffield United (loan) 12 (0)
2009 Crystal Palace (loan) 13 (1)
2009–2010 Hibernian 40 (22)
2010– Celtic 116 (53)
National team
2006–2010 Republic of Ireland U21 10 (4)
2008 Republic of Ireland B 1 (0)
2007– Republic of Ireland 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 November 2013

Anthony Stokes (born 25 July 1988)[1] is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Scottish Premiership club Celtic and the Republic of Ireland national football team.

Stokes began his senior career with Arsenal, but established himself with a successful loan spell with Falkirk in 2006, scoring 14 goals in 16 SPL games.[2] Stokes then signed for Sunderland in a £2 million deal,[3] but he struggled to hold down a place in the Sunderland first team. He moved back to Scottish football when Hibernian signed him for £500,000 in August 2009. He again enjoyed success in the SPL, scoring over 20 goals in his only full season with Hibs.[1] Stokes moved to boyhood heroes Celtic shortly after the start of the following season, for a fee of around £1.2 million.[4]

Early life[edit]

Stokes was born Anthony Byrne, but was adopted by his aunt and uncle Joan and John Stokes at three years old.[5] His adoptive parents paid for him to attend a private school (Terenure College).[5]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Stokes played for Kilnamanagh, Esker Celtic, Cherry Orchard and Shelbourne youth teams, before signing for Arsenal.[5]

Arsenal[edit]

Stokes broke into the Arsenal reserve team at only 15 years old.[6] He made his first-team debut as a substitute in Arsenal's League Cup tie against Sunderland on 25 October 2005, coming on for Arturo Lupoli in the 88th minute of a 3–0 win. He trained with Sunderland with a view to a loan move in July 2006, but Sunderland manager Niall Quinn decided against it due to Sunderland's large squad depth and lack of reserve team.[7]

Falkirk[edit]

Arsenal agreed a loan deal with Falkirk that saw Stokes play for the SPL side until the end of 2006.[8] Stokes scored his first goal for Falkirk in a 1–0 victory at Inverness Caledonian Thistle on 19 September 2006 in the Scottish League Cup.[9] He followed that up on 21 October with two more goals against Inverness.[10] On 28 October, he scored his first competitive hat-trick during Falkirk's 5–1 victory over Dundee United.[11] Stokes then scored another hat-trick in the following match against Dunfermline Athletic, which meant that he had scored nine goals in just four games.[12] Having become the first player to score hat-tricks in successive SPL games,[2] Stokes then hit a third in what proved to be his last game for Falkirk, a 3–1 home victory over Inverness on 30 December.[13]

On 7 November, Stokes scored an equaliser for Falkirk in extra time in a League Cup match against Celtic,[14] Falkirk going through 5–4 on penalties. His continuing good form saw him named Young Player of the Month for October and November.[15] By the end of his loan spell, Stokes had scored 16 goals in 18 league and cup appearances.[2]

Sunderland[edit]

Stokes was transferred by Arsenal to Sunderland for £2 million in January 2007.[2][3] Celtic and Charlton Athletic had also been interested in the player, but Stokes revealed that he was greatly influenced by Sunderland manager and former Irish international, Roy Keane, in making his ultimate decision.[2][3][16] Stokes was originally handed the 26 shirt at Sunderland, but after the departure of Jon Stead to Sheffield United he was given the number 9 shirt. Stokes made his Sunderland debut a few days later, and crossed to set up David Connolly to give Sunderland a one goal win over Ipswich.[17] Stokes scored his first goal for Sunderland on 10 February 2007 against Plymouth Argyle, scoring from 20 yards after coming on as a substitute.[18]

Stokes was barred from The Glass Spider club in Sunderland after Keane blamed it for distracting Stokes from his training.[19] The club owner offered to revoke the ban after the 2007–08 season and to give Stokes a complimentary bottle of champagne.[19] Stokes then scored his first Premier League goal; a last-minute winner against Derby County that took Sunderland out of the relegation zone.[20] Before the start of the 2008–09 season Stokes lost the Sunderland number 9 shirt and was handed the squad number 44 instead.[21] On 23 September 2008, Stokes scored two late goals to level a League Cup tie against Northampton Town.[22]

Sheffield United[edit]

On 17 October 2008, Stokes agreed a three-month loan deal to Sheffield United, with the possibility of extending it for the season.[23] Stokes again took the shirt that was previously vacated by Jon Stead, this time number 8. Stokes made his debut for the Blades in the local derby against Sheffield Wednesday a few days later, coming on as a second half substitute.[24] Stokes started his time at Bramall Lane as a first team regular but was soon dropped to the bench and returned to Sunderland having made twelve appearances but failed to score a goal.[25]

Crystal Palace[edit]

In March 2009, Stokes joined Crystal Palace on loan, scoring from a solo effort after his first start against Preston North End.[26] This was his only goal for Palace, however, and he returned to Sunderland at the end of the loan spell.

Hibernian[edit]

Stokes joined Hibernian for an undisclosed fee, reported by the Newcastle Evening Chronicle to be around £500,000, in August 2009.[27] This meant that he linked up again with John Hughes, who had been his manager during his loan spell at Falkirk.[27] Stokes made his Hibs debut against his former club Falkirk, and then credited Hughes as the main reason he decided to sign for Hibs.[28] He scored his first goals for Hibs in a 3–0 win at home to St. Johnstone on 19 September.[29] At the same time, Stokes made newspaper headlines for a nightclub altercation, which prompted John Hughes to discipline him and to say that he felt "let down" by Stokes.[30] In December, however, Stokes scored five goals in three games, which helped to extend Hibs' unbeaten run in the SPL to 12 games.[31] On 27 December 2009, Stokes scored the fastest goal in Scottish Premier League history, after just 12.4 seconds against Rangers.[32] It broke the previous record of 17 seconds set by Saulius Mikoliūnas in a match between Hearts and St. Mirren on 2 December 2006.[33] Stokes' goal was the only highlight for Hibs, however, as they lost 4–1 to the league leaders. His good run of form was rewarded with the SPL young player of the month award for December 2009.[34] Stokes continued to score on a prolific basis throughout the 2009–10 season, although John Hughes expressed a desire to improve his all-round game.[35] Stokes won the goal of the season award from the SPL for a goal against Rangers in November 2009.[36]

At the start of the following season, Stokes acknowledged the need to improve other aspects of his play.[37] He was then linked with a move to Celtic, with their manager Neil Lennon commenting that Stokes was "a player we like".[38] The Scotsman reported that Hibs rejected an initial offer from Celtic,[39] but Hibs then accepted a second offer a few days later.[40]

Celtic[edit]

Stokes for Celtic, November 2010.

On 31 August 2010, Stokes signed a four-year contract with Celtic.[41] Stokes made his Celtic debut on 11 September 2010, in a 3–0 win against Hearts.[42] He scored his first goal for the club in his second appearance on 19 September, the winning goal in a 2–1 victory against Kilmarnock.[43] Stokes scored a brace in a League Cup tie, against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in a 6–0 win[44] and another double in the quarter final against St. Johnstone in a 3–2 win.[45] On 6 November, Stokes recorded his first hat-trick for Celtic in an SPL record 9–0 victory over Aberdeen.[46] After scoring a hat-trick, Stokes says he dedicated the goal to Celtic legend Henrik Larsson.[47] Another former Celtic striker, Chris Sutton, highlighted the successful link up play between Stokes and team-mate Gary Hooper, stating "Their link-up play is good and in that respect having both of these guys in the side is a huge positive for Celtic and it is encouraging."[48]

After scoring a 90th minute penalty in 1–1 draw at New Douglas Park with Hamilton on 12 January 2011,[49] Stokes entered a rich vein of form, scoring another penalty and an over-the-shoulder volley in a 3–0 win at Easter Road against Hibernian three days later.[50] He rounded the goalkeeper and scored the winner in a 1–0 home win against Aberdeen the following week.[51] He scored from a free-kick and a tap-in from a good refereeing advantage in a 4–0 home thrashing of Hearts on 26 January[52] and kept his cool from the spot and scored another penalty in a 4–1 win at Hampden Park in the semi-final of the League Cup against Aberdeen.[53]

On 24 July 2011, Stokes scored in Celtic's first match of the 2011–12 season, a 2–0 win over Hibernian.[54] On 15 October, Stokes scored twice in six minutes to help Celtic get a 3–3 draw against Kilmarnock. Celtic had been 3–0 down at half-time and Stokes' two goals, one a long-range shot and one a free-kick, were vital in bringing them back into he game.[55] Manager Neil Lennon later admitted that if Celtic had lost that match he might have had to resign. The comeback was also credited by assistant Johan Mjällby as being the turning point in Celtic's season as they went from being 15 point behind Rangers to winning the league.[56] On 3 November, Stokes scored a brace in Celtic's 3–1 win over Stade Rennes in the group stages of the Europa League.[57] He then scored, and got an assist, in Celtic's next game, a 2–1 win over Motherwell.[58] On 9 January, he scored a hat-trick in Celtic's 3–0 win over Third Division side Peterhead in the Fourth round of the League Cup.[59] Before the League Cup final, Stokes said how he felt he was unlikely to start the match. Despite having a very good scoring record with 20 goals for the season,[60] Stokes did not start and came on as a substitute with Celtic trailing 1–0. He went down like a sniper victim in the box after a challenge late in the match. However, referee Willie Collum booked him for diving. After the match both Lennon and captain Scott Brown were very emotionally upset with the referee, saying that decision cost Celtic the trophy and that it was a clear penalty.[61] After Celtic's 2–1 defeat to Hearts in the 2011–12 Scottish Cup semi-final, Stokes was given a one-match ban for the competition following an "A5" incident at the end of the match.[62] This was "offensive, insulting and/or abusive language and/or gestures.[62] On 3 May, Stokes scored the only goal as Celtic beat St. Johnstone 1–0.[63]

Anthony Stokes playing for Celtic, 2012

Stokes made his first appearance of the 2012–13 season as a substitute in the Champions League qualifier against HJK Helsinki. Stokes then started the next game against Aberdeen. Stokes then picked up an injury which kept him out of action for five months until January 2013,[64] when he returned as a sub in a league game against Dundee United.[65] In December 2012, Stokes was disciplined by Celtic after he had attended a benefit event for Alan Ryan, a deceased member of the Real Irish Republican Army.[66] Stokes scored his first goal of the 2012–13 season against Kilmarnock on 30 January,[64][65] and scored twice against Dundee United two weeks later.[64][65] Stokes assisted two goals in the 2013 Scottish Cup Final, against former club Hibs. He also received the man of the match award as Celtic ran out 3–0 winners.[67]

Stokes scored his 50th goal for Celtic with a late free kick to beat Dundee United on 31 August 2013; Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara complained afterwards that Stokes had moved the ball back from its correct position to make it easier for him to strike it over the wall.[68] He signed a new three-year contract with Celtic in October, stating "I’m absolutely delighted and I’m just looking forward to the next few seasons."[69] On 5 January 2014, Stokes passed another milestone when he scored his 100th competitive career goal, scoring Celtic's second goal in a 4–0 win away at St Mirren.[70] Stokes, however, had a relatively poor season up that point.[71] In 30 appearances for Celtic he had scored only seven goals.[72] However, the arrival of Leigh Griffiths during the January transfer window saw an improvement in Stokes' form and goal ratio, with the pair forming an impressive partnership up front.[73][74][75] Stokes was sent off against Motherwell on 18 January for a late tackle on Keith Lasley,[76] but on his return from suspension scored seven goals in nine games,[72] including a hat-trick against St Johnstone,[74] to double his tally for the season.[72] Stokes helped Celtic clinch the league title on 26 March, scoring twice in a 5–1 win away at Partick Thistle, the first of which was his 100th goal in Scottish football[77] and the second of which was a superb volley from 12 yards into the top corner of the goal.[78][79] Stokes scored another hat-trick on 27 April in a home league match against Inverness Caledonian Thistle, and also provided an assist for Leigh Griffiths in a 6–0 win.[80] A week later, Stokes scored his 20th goal of the season in a home league 5–2 win over Aberdeen.[81]

International career[edit]

Stokes played for the Republic of Ireland at youth international levels, earning promotion to the under-21 team in August 2006.[82]

Stokes earned his first full cap for the Republic of Ireland national football team in their 2–1 win away to San Marino on 7 February 2007, coming on as a substitute.[83] He earned three full caps in 2007, but was not selected during 2008 or 2009 as he fell out of favour at Sunderland. His form with Hibernian earned him a recall in May 2010.[84] Stokes scored the only goal of the game in a practice match against an Ireland under–23 side.[84]

At the start of the 2010–11 season, Stokes was included in the under-21 team to play Estonia, along with other senior fringe players.[85] Stokes scored two goals and set up two others in a 5–0 win.[86] Stokes and Cillian Sheridan were then added to the senior squad for their game against Argentina the next day.[86]

In May 2011, Stokes withdrew from the Ireland squad for the 2011 Nations Cup due to tiredness. Manager Giovanni Trapattoni expressed his disappointment in Stokes and said he felt a footballer should only withdraw from a national squad if they were, "in hospital or dead". However, he also stated that he would still consider Stokes for future selection.[87] In February 2012 Stokes said that he felt it was unlikely he would be picked for Ireland's squad for the 2012 European Championships. Despite Stokes' good scoring record for Celtic, he said that he thought manager Trapattoni was still not picking him due to his withdrawal from the squad the previous year.[88]

Stokes was eventually re-called to the Ireland squad in October 2013 following the departure of Trapattoni, by interim manager Noel King.[89] He won his fifth cap in a 0–3 defeat away in Germany, a result which ended the Irish hopes of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup,[90] and also played four days later in a home 3–1 win over Kazakhstan.[91] Stokes won a further two caps during November 2013 in friendly internationals against Latvia and Poland.[92] Stokes has yet to score at full international level for Ireland.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 26 August 2014[1]
Club Season League Cups Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Arsenal 2005–06 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Falkirk (loan) 2006–07 16 14 2 2 0 0 18 16
Total 16 14 2 2 0 0 18 16
Sunderland 2006–07 14 2 0 0 0 0 14 2
2007–08 20 1 1 0 0 0 21 1
2008–09 2 0 1 2 0 0 3 2
Total 36 3 2 2 0 0 38 5
Sheffield United (loan) 2008–09 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Total 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Crystal Palace (loan) 2008–09 13 1 0 0 0 0 13 1
Total 13 1 0 0 0 0 13 1
Hibernian 2009–10[Note1 1] 37 21 6 2 0 0 43 23
2010–11 3 1 0 0 2 0 5 1
Total 40 22 6 2 2 0 48 24
Celtic 2010–11 29 14 6 5 0 0 35 19
2011–12 34 12 8 7 5 2 47 21
2012–13 17 5 5 2 1 0 23 7
2013–14 33 20 3 1 11 0 47 21
2014–15 3 2 0 0 4 0 7 2
Total 116 53 22 15 21 2 159 70
Career Total 233 93 33 21 23 2 289 116

International[edit]

As of 19 November 2013[93]
Republic of Ireland national team
Year Apps Goals
2007 3 0
2008 0 0
2009 0 0
2010 0 0
2011 1 0
2012 0 0
2013 4 0
Total 8 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Sunderland
Celtic

Individual[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Soccerbase did not record an appearance made by Stokes in the Scottish League Cup against Brechin City on 26 August 2009; Hibernian 3 – 0 Brechin BBC Sport, 26 August 2009

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