Lewis Stevenson (Scottish footballer)

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Lewis Stevenson
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Personal information
Full name Lewis Stevenson
Date of birth (1988-01-05) 5 January 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Midfielder, Left-back
Club information
Current team
Hibernian
Number 16
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005– Hibernian 213 (4)
National team
2006–2007 Scotland U19 3 (0)
2007–2008 Scotland U21[1] 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 06:35, 3 March 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:47, 13 October 2013 (UTC)

Lewis Stevenson (born 5 January 1988) is a Scottish professional association football player who plays for Hibernian in the Scottish Championship. He can play as a full back or a midfielder. He is currently the longest serving player at the club, having made his debut in September 2005.

Career[edit]

Stevenson attended Balwearie High School in his home town of Kirkcaldy. He joined the Hibernian youth academy aged 14[2] and played for the Scotland schoolboys team in 2003.[3] He made his competitive debut for Hibernian in a Scottish League Cup tie at Ayr United in September 2005, but did not make his first Scottish Premier League appearance until the opening day of the 2006–07 season. Stevenson became a first-team regular under the management of John Collins, and he was named man of the match in the 2007 Scottish League Cup Final victory.[4]

Stevenson scored his first goal for the club in a 2–0 win against Inverness CT on 26 February 2011.[5] The goal came after more than 100 appearances without one, and Stevenson admitted to not knowing what to do in celebration.[5]

Stevenson played regularly for Hibernian during the 2011–12 season, and won the fans' player of the year award.[6] This came during a season when Hibs struggled to avoid relegation and Stevenson admitted that there were few candidates for the fans to choose from.[6] Pat Fenlon, who made Stevenson team captain for one game, became Stevenson's sixth manager in seven years at Hibs during 2011–12.[6] His number of appearances during the 2011–12 season meant that his contract was automatically extended for another year.[7]

Early in the 2012–13 season, Stevenson suffered a broken toe during an Edinburgh derby match.[8] He returned to the first team three weeks ahead of schedule.[9] Stevenson provided cover at left-back for defensive injuries and he earned praise from Pat Fenlon for his performance in an Edinburgh derby victory in the 2012–13 Scottish Cup.[10] Stevenson was also used at right-back during the 2012–13 season.[11] He agreed a new two-year contract with Hibs in March 2013.[11]

In December 2013, Stevenson recorded his 200th competitive appearance for Hibs.[12] At this time, manager Terry Butcher deployed Stevenson as a left midfielder.[13] This change produced rewards, as Stevenson scored the second goal of his career in a game against Kilmarnock, then won a match-winning penalty kick against Hearts.[13]

Stevenson made his 250th appearance for the club in the fifth round of the 2014–15 Scottish Cup, becoming only the 60th player to record as many appearances since 1885. Stevenson was named captain for the game, a 3–1 win against Arbroath, to mark his achievement. In his following game for the club, Stevenson scored only his fourth career goal as Hibs won 2–0 against Rangers at Ibrox.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 06:35, 3 March 2015 (UTC)[15]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Hibernian 2005–06[16] 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2006–07[17] 16 0 6 0 2 0 1 0 25 0
2007–08[18] 21 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 23 0
2008–09[19] 29 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 32 0
2009–10[20][note 1] 10 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 13 0
2010–11[21] 19 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 1
2011–12[22] 29 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 34 0
2012–13[23] 29 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 33 0
2013–14[24] 35 1 2 0 2 0 4 0 43 1
2014–15[25] 25 2 2 0 2 0 1 0 30 2
Career total 213 4 21 0 12 0 7 0 253 4

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Soccerbase did not record an appearance made by Stevenson against Brechin City on 26 August 2009.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lewis Stevenson – U21 Squad". www.scottishfa.co.uk (Scottish Football Association). 
  2. ^ "Hibs star Lewis Stevenson: We may be Scottish Cup finalists but SPL survival is our main aim". Daily Record (Trinity Mirror). 20 April 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Temple, Alan (7 March 2015). "David Gray has sights set appearance at Hampden since school with Hibs". The Herald (Herald & Times Group). Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Lindsay, Clive (18 March 2007). "Kilmarnock 1–5 Hibernian". BBC Sport. BBC. 
  5. ^ a b Hannan, Martin (27 February 2011). "Hibernian 2 – 0 Inverness CT: Hibs tap in to secret of booth". Scotland on Sunday. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c "Precious points mean prizes to Hibs’ Lewis Stevenson". Edinburgh Evening News (Johnston Press). 27 March 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Stevenson Extends Stay". hibernianfc.co.uk (Hibernian F.C.). 20 April 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  8. ^ Hardie, David (16 August 2012). "Hibs midfielder Lewis Stevenson ruled out for six weeks". Edinburgh Evening News (Johnston Press). Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Hibs' midfielder defies doctor's expectations and may be in line for Celtic clash". Daily Record (Trinity Mirror). 29 August 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Fenlon dedicates Cup win to fans". BBC Sport. BBC. 2 December 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "New Hibernian deal for Lewis Stevenson". BBC Sport. BBC. 14 March 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "Hibernian midfielder Lewis Stevenson rues 'terrible' goal record". Daily Record (Trinity Mirror). 11 December 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  13. ^ a b Brown, Anthony (8 January 2014). "Ian Murray: Why Hibs can rely on Lewis Stevenson". Edinburgh Evening News (Johnston Publishing). Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  14. ^ BBC Sport
  15. ^ Lewis Stevenson career statistics at Soccerbase
  16. ^ "Games played by Lewis Stevenson in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  17. ^ "Games played by Lewis Stevenson in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  18. ^ "Games played by Lewis Stevenson in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  19. ^ "Games played by Lewis Stevenson in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  20. ^ "Games played by Lewis Stevenson in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  21. ^ "Games played by Lewis Stevenson in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  22. ^ "Games played by Lewis Stevenson in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Lewis Stevenson in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  24. ^ "Games played by Lewis Stevenson in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  25. ^ "Games played by Lewis Stevenson in 2014/15". Soccerbase. Retrieved 6 August 2014.