Jamie Stevenson (footballer)
|Full name||James Stevenson|
|Date of birth||13 July 1984|
|Place of birth||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|2008||→ Alloa Athletic (loan)||16||(2)|
|2009||→ East Stirlingshire (loan)||15||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 January 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Stevenson began his career with Scottish Premier League club Aberdeen. He was released by the club because they believed he was too small to make the grade in professional football. From there he dropped down the leagues and joined Alloa Athletic. It was after just two first team appearances with the club that Stevenson's life was turned upside down. In what has been described as a 'Roy of the Rovers' moment Stevenson was spotted playing a game of football with his uncle on the Spanish island of Majorca. A scout from Spanish La Liga side Real Mallorca approached Stevenson and offered him a trial. Stevenson made such an impression in this trial that he was offered a 3-year contract with the Spanish giants.
Stevenson only lasted 18 months at the Son Moix stadium because he was terribly homesick. In his time in Spain he did not make a first team appearance but was a regular in the B side, for whom he scored a goal on his debut. Real Mallorca were keen to hold on to Stevenson and part of his release stated that he could only return to his former club Alloa, which he did in 2004.
In season 2005–06 he was a star man for Alloa Athletic almost single handedly keeping them in the Second Division via the end of season 2nd Division / 3rd Division playoffs. His form alerted several larger clubs but to many people's surprise he chose to sign a pre-contract agreement with Greenock Morton, a club who were in the same division as Alloa. Morton agreed to pay Alloa a nominal sum believed to be in the region of £16,000.
In July 2008, Jamie moved to Alloa Athletic for a third spell after joining the second division club on loan from Morton. On Hogmanay 2008 his loan spell expired, so he returned to Morton with only 6 months to earn himself a new contract at the club.
In the January 2009 transfer window, Stevenson rejoined Jim McInally at his new club East Stirlingshire on loan until the end of the season. It was announced that Stevenson would be released after the end of the 2008–09 season, this was confirmed by Davie Irons on the 8 May in the Greenock Telegraph.
On 9 July 2009, Stevenson signed permanently for the Shire. He was released at the end of the 2009/10 season but re-signed on a one month short term contract at the start of the following season. There was talk of Stevenson joining up with ex-Morton defender Ryan Harding again on the Mediterranean island of Malta to play for league champions Birkirkara – this however didn't materialise.
On 16 September 2010, he signed on a contract with Airdrie United until the end of the season. Following the expiry of his contract at Airdrie United he went on trial at SPL club Inverness Caledonian Thistle however he remained unsigned and resigned to Airdrie in August 2011.
- Greenock Morton
- Alloa youth given Real chance, BBC Sport, 27 November 2002.
- "Morton snap-up Alloa's Stevenson". BBC Sport. 23 April 2006. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
- "Stevenson returns to Alloa again". BBC Sport. 20 July 2008.
- "JIM IN DOUBLE SIGNING SWOOP". East Stirling FC Official Website. Retrieved 29 January 2009.
- "Irons: We don't want to finish with a whimper". Greenock Telegraph. 8 May 2009. Retrieved 9 May 2009.
- "JAMIE STEVENSON SIGNS". eaststirlingfc.co.uk. 9 July 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2009.
- "Jamie Stevenson prepares to swap East Stirlingshire for Malta". Falkirk Herald. 2 September 2010. Retrieved 27 December 2010.
- Peterhead sign Stevenson, SPFL
- Jamie Stevenson career stats at Soccerbase
- Jamie Stevenson career stats at Soccerbase (East Stirlingshire & Airdrie stats)