Enda Stevens

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Enda Stevens
Personal information
Full name Enda John Stevens[1]
Date of birth (1990-07-09) 9 July 1990 (age 23)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) [2]
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current club Doncaster Rovers
(on loan from Aston Villa)
Number 31
Youth career
Cherry Orchard
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008 UCD 2 (0)
2009 St Patrick's Athletic 30 (0)
2009–2011 Shamrock Rovers 45 (0)
2012– Aston Villa 7 (0)
2013 Notts County (loan) 2 (0)
2013− Doncaster Rovers (loan) 9 (0)
National team
2011 Republic of Ireland U21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 05:57, 16 April 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Enda John Stevens (born 9 July 1990 in Dublin) is an Irish footballer who plays for Doncaster Rovers in the Championship, on loan from Aston Villa. He has experience of football at a continental level, having played in the UEFA Europa League for both St. Patrick's Athletic and Shamrock Rovers.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

He started his career with UCD but was released at the end of the 2008 season. He had trials with Nottingham Forest, Hull City, Stockport County and Yeovil Town. He was one of Jeff Kenna's first signings for St Patrick's Athletic. He plays as a centre back or as a left back. He made his professional debut in a 1–0 win over Cork City at Turners Cross in March 2009.[3]

Stevens made a breakthrough into the first team where he made himself the first choice left back with performances in the league, FAI Cup, and Europa League qualifiers. He made 6 appearances in the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League as Pats advanced through two rounds to the play-off round.

Shamrock Rovers[edit]

He signed for Shamrock Rovers in December 2009.[4][5] Stevens made his Rovers League debut at home to Dundalk in Tallaght Stadium on the 21 March 2010 [6] He capped off his first League of Ireland season with Rovers by winning his first title as Shamrock Rovers won the league title on the final day of the season.

In 2011 he won the All Ireland Setanta Cup with Rovers. He won the league title again in 2011. He competed in the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League with Rovers, the club's first ever appearance in the competition. Over the course of two seasons, Stevens made 15 appearances for Rovers in European competition.

He capped off a memorable year by winning the PFAI Young Player of the Year award [7]

Aston Villa[edit]

On 31 August 2011, it was announced by Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish that Stevens would sign three-year contract with the Premier League club to commence in January 2012. The agreement allowed Stevens to remain at Rovers until January 2012 to support them in their maiden UEFA Europa League campaign.[8] Following Shamrock Rovers' exit from European competition, Aston Villa officially announced the signing of Stevens on 3 January 2012.[9]

Stevens spent most of his first months at Villa playing for the reserve team. He then made his first start for the first team in a 2–1 pre-season victory over Burton Albion, on 14 July 2012. He made his full debut for the team, starting in Villa's 3–0 win against Tranmere Rovers in the League Cup second round and also came off the bench in the fourth round win over Swindon Town.[10][11]
On 3 November 2012, Stevens made his first league appearance for Villa in a 1–0 win against Sunderland, coming on as a substitute for Eric Lichaj.[12] Stevens made his full league debut for Villa in the next match, starting against Manchester United on 10 November 2012, due to an injury to Joe Bennett and the suspension of Eric Lichaj.[13] In the next game, only Stevens' third league appearance for the club, the Villa defence conceded five goals as they were beaten 5–0 by champions Manchester City.[14]

Notts County[edit]

Stevens made his debut for the club in a League Cup tie against Liverpool, on 27 August 2013.[15] Stevens returned to Aston Villa after a month's loan, having made four appearances in all competitions for County.

Doncaster Rovers[edit]

He signed on a one month loan deal to Doncaster on 28 November 2013.[16]

International career[edit]

Stevens made his Republic of Ireland U21 debut in a friendly in Cyprus in February 2011.[17]



  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/01/2012 and 31/01/2012" (PDF). The Football Association. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  2. ^ "transfermarkt Enda Stevens". web page. Transfermarkt. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Cork City 0 – St Patrick's Athletic 1". St Patrick's Athletic. 13 March 2009. Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Latest new signing – Enda Stevens". shamrockrovers.ie. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 10 December 2009. 
  5. ^ Aidan Fitzmaurice (7 December 2009). "Mahon unsure of future St Pat's plans". Herald.ie. Retrieved 10 December 2009. 
  6. ^ http://www.shamrockrovers.ie/news/62/1244-latest-result-rovers-02-dundalk.html
  7. ^ http://extratime.ie/newsdesk/articles/7056/.html
  8. ^ Sky Sports http://www.skysports.com/story/0,,11677_7140492,00.html |url= missing title (help). 
  9. ^ "Picture gallery: Stevens signs Villa deal while Lichaj returns". avfc.co.uk. 3 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Aston Villa 3-0 Tranmere Rovers". BBC Sport. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "Swindon 2-3 Aston Villa". BBC Sport. 30 October 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "Sunderland 0-1 Aston Villa". BBC Sport. 3 November 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  13. ^ "Aston Villa 2-3 Manchester United". BBC Sport. 11 November 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "Manchester City 5-0 Aston Villa". BBC Sport. 17 November 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  15. ^ "Liverpool 4-2 Notts County (after extra-time)". BBC Sport. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  16. ^ "Search For A Left Back 'Enda's". DRFC Official Site. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  17. ^ "McLoughlin saves penalty in U21s stalemate". FAI. 9 February 2011. Retrieved 23 February 2011. 

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