Mark Stein (footballer)

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Mark Stein
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Personal information
Full name Earl Mark Sean Stein[1]
Date of birth (1966-01-29) 29 January 1966 (age 48)[1]
Place of birth Cape Town, South Africa[1]
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Rotherham United
(Physiotherapist)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1988 Luton Town 54 (19)
1986 Aldershot (loan) 2 (1)
1988–1989 Queens Park Rangers 33 (4)
1989–1991 Oxford United 82 (18)
1991 Stoke City (loan) 5 (0)
1991–1993 Stoke City 89 (50)
1993–1998 Chelsea 50 (21)
1996–1997 Stoke City (loan) 11 (4)
1997 Ipswich Town (loan) 7 (2)
1998 Bournemouth (loan) 11 (4)
1998–2000 Bournemouth 79 (26)
2000–2001 Luton Town 30 (3)
2001–2003 Dagenham & Redbridge 76 (49)
2004 Waltham Forest 7 (4)
Total 486 (205)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Earl Mark Sean Stein (born 29 January 1966) more commonly known as Mark Stein is a South African-born English former footballer.

As a player he was a striker from 1984 until 2004, notably in the Premier League for Chelsea and the Football League for Luton Town, Aldershot, Queens Park Rangers, Oxford United, Stoke City, Ipswich Town and Bournemouth before finishing his career in Non-league with Dagenham & Redbridge and Waltham Forest.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Stein was born in Cape Town and moved with his family to London in the 1970s. Both his brothers Brian and Edwin plus Mark decided to become professional footballers, Mark joining Luton Town in 1983. He turned professional in January 1984 and earned three caps with the England under-19 team but he new was able to live up to the heights expected of him at Kenilworth Road and had a short loan spell at Aldershot. In 1987–88, he helped Luton win their first – and only to date – major trophy as they achieved a shock 3–2 over Arsenal in the Football League Cup final, with Stein coming on as a substitute in the final.

In June 1988 he moved on to Queens Park Rangers where he spent the 1988–89 season scoring seven goals in 42 appearances.[1] He signed for Oxford United in September 1989 after failing out of favour at Loftus Road. After two seasons with Oxford Stein found himself out of the side and playing in the reserves.[1] He joined Stoke City on loan in September 1991 and played five matches without scoring.[1] But he impressed manager Lou Macari with his contribution so much that he persuaded the board to pay £100,000 for his services.[1] It proved to be a sound piece of business as Stein went on a fine run of from scoring 22 goals in 1991–92 helping Stoke reach the play-offs where they lost to Stockport County although they did beat County in the 1992 Football League Trophy Final with Stein scoring the games only goal. Stoke fans names Stein "The Golden One" and he went on to top-score in 1992–93 as Stoke won the Second Division title, Stein scoring 33 goals in 57 matches. In 1993–94 Stein hit the headlines after scoring twice past Manchester United in the League Cup. After Macari moved to Celtic Stein also left the Victoria Ground moving to Premier League Chelsea for a fee of £1.5 million.[1]

Whilst at Chelsea, Stein set a Premier League record by scoring in seven consecutive matches from December 1993 to February 1994. The record stood until 2002, when Ruud van Nistelrooy surpassed it.[2] Stein also played in the 1994 FA Cup Final and, in total, he scored 25 goals in 63 games for the West London club. He returned to Stoke on a short-term loan, scoring four goals in 11 games in 1996–97, the club's final season at the Victoria Ground.

His spell at Dagenham & Redbridge was notable for its ending, as Stein resigned over the clubs refusal to investigate allegations of racist comments made by Fitzroy Simpson against the Daggers manager Garry Hill. Mark cited his father's work as a South African anti-apartheid activist as inspiration for this; "My Dad was a political activist who fought against racism in South Africa all his life. So why should I have to put up with it here?" [3] Stein ended his career playing for Isthmian League Division One North club Waltham Forest, scoring three goals in seven appearances in the 2003–04 season.

Physiotherapist[edit]

On 28 June 2007 he was appointed as the new physiotherapist at Barnet after taking on a temporary role at the end of the 2006–07 season.[4] On 22 September 2010, he took up a full-time role as physiotherapist at Crawley Town.

Personal life[edit]

He is the younger brother of former Luton Town striker Brian Stein; another brother, Ed Stein, played for Barnet.[5] On 12 July 2008 he played for the England XI in the Gordon Banks Charity Match at the Britannia Stadium.

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Luton Town 1983–84 First Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1984–85 First Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1985–86 First Division 6 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 9 2
1986–87 First Division 21 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 8
1987–88 First Division 25 11 6 1 4 0 4 1 39 13
Total 54 19 9 3 4 0 4 1 71 23
Aldershot (loan) 1985–86 Fourth Division 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Total 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Queens Park Rangers 1988–89 First Division 31 4 3 1 4 2 4 0 42 7
1989–90 First Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 33 4 3 1 4 2 4 0 44 7
Oxford United 1989–90 Second Division 41 9 2 0 0 0 1 0 44 9
1990–91 Second Division 34 8 1 0 4 0 2 0 41 8
1991–92 Second Division 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Total 82 18 3 0 4 0 3 0 92 18
Stoke City 1991–92 Third Division 36 16 2 0 0 0 9 6 47 22
1992–93 Second Division 46 26 2 0 4 4 5 3 57 33
1993–94 First Division 12 8 0 0 4 4 3 1 19 13
Total 94 50 4 0 8 8 17 10 123 68
Chelsea 1993–94 Premier League 18 13 6 1 0 0 0 0 24 14
1994–95 Premier League 24 8 3 1 0 0 3 2 30 11
1995–96 Premier League 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
1996–97 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1997–98 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 50 21 9 2 1 0 3 2 63 25
Stoke City (loan) 1996–97 First Division 11 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 4
Total 11 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 4
Ipswich Town (loan) 1997–98 First Division 7 2 0 0 4 1 0 0 11 3
Total 7 2 0 0 4 1 0 0 11 3
Bournemouth 1997–98 Second Division 11 4 0 0 0 0 3 0 14 4
1998–99 Second Division 43 15 4 1 5 5 3 4 56 25
1999–2000 Second Division 36 11 3 1 5 2 2 1 46 15
Total 90 30 7 2 10 7 8 5 116 44
Luton Town 2000–01 Second Division 30 3 2 0 3 1 1 0 49 7
Total 30 3 2 0 3 1 1 0 36 4
Career Total 453 152 37 8 38 19 40 18 568 197

Honours[edit]

Luton Town
Stoke City

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Stoke City 101 Golden Greats. Desert Islands Books. 2002. ISBN 1-874287-55-4. 
  2. ^ "Ruud's record joy". BBC. 20 January 2002. Retrieved 30 April 2008. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Daggers Drawn". When Saturday Comes. December 2003. 
  4. ^ "Stein signs new deal with Barnet". BBC Sport. 8 July 2008. 
  5. ^ "Football's band of brothers". London Evening Standard. 27 July 2002. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 

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