Simon Stainrod

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Simon Stainrod
Personal information
Full name Simon Allan Stainrod[1]
Date of birth (1959-02-01) 1 February 1959 (age 55)[1]
Place of birth Sheffield, England[1]
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1979 Sheffield United 67 (14)
1979–1980 Oldham Athletic 69 (21)
1980–1985 Queens Park Rangers 145 (48)
1985 Sheffield Wednesday 15 (2)
1985–1987 Aston Villa 63 (16)
1987–1988 Stoke City 28 (6)
1988–1989 RC Strasbourg 8 (2)
1989–1990 FC Rouen 22 (1)
1990–1992 Falkirk 60 (21)
1992–1993 Dundee 33 (9)
1993–1995 Ayr United 31 (4)
Total 541 (144)
Teams managed
1992–1993 Dundee
1993–1995 Ayr United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Simon Allan Stainrod (born 1 February 1959) is an English former footballer who played for Sheffield United, Oldham Athletic, Queens Park Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday, Aston Villa and Stoke City. He also played in France for RC Strasbourg and FC Rouen and in Scotland for Falkirk, Dundee and Ayr United.[1]

Career[edit]

Stainrod was born in Sheffield and began his career with Sheffield United making his debut towards the end of the 1975–76, he scored twice in seven matches as the Blades suffered relegation to the Second Division.[2] He spent four season at Bramall Lane making 75 appearances scoring 14 goals before he moved to Oldham Athletic in Match 1979. It was at Boundary Park that Stainrod began to make a name for himself scoring 26 goals in 79 appearances which attracted the attentions of Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers.[2] He decided to join Terry Venables' QPR in November 1980 for a fee of £270,000.[2]

In the 1981–82 season he was a key player of the team that reached the 1982 FA Cup Final, losing 1–0 to Tottenham Hotspur after a replay, Stainrod scored a career best of 24 goals that season.[2] In 1982–83 he helped the team win the Football League Second Division title and then finish fifth in the First Division qualifying for Europe. After Venables left Loftus Road in 1984 for Barcelona, the side quickly fell apart under the unsuccessful reign of Alan Mullery and many players including Stainrod left the club.[2]

Stainrod then had an unsuccessful spell at Sheffield Wednesday, and was sold to Aston Villa for £350,000 in September 1985 and he enjoyed a spectacular debut when he scored all four goals against Exeter City in the League Cup.[2] Despite scoring 21 goals for Villa in 1985–86 he struggled to get in the team in 1986–87 and the team were relegated to the Second Division.[1] In January 1988 he joined Mick Mills' Stoke City where he scored twice in 16 appearances in 1987–88.[1] In 1988–89 Stainrod score five goals in 18 appearances before moving to France.[1]

He spent the 1988–89 season in France with RC Strasbourg (8 appearances, 2 goals). He then spent a further spell with FC Rouen (22 appearances, 1 goal) before moving to Scotland to play for Falkirk and Ayr United and then managing Dundee in Scotland. During Stainrod's spell at Falkirk he famously scored from the halfway line against St. Johnstone direct from a kick off.[3]

Post playing career[edit]

He is also a FIFA-licensed football agent and is now based in Cannes, France. In 2003 he set up his own company with a couple of his friends called Matchday Media.[4] Stainrod was working with Hatem Ben Arfa following his move to Newcastle United as his adviser but his licence was suspended by the FA in May 2012.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sheffield United 1975–76 First Division 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2
1976–77 Second Division 21 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 23 3
1977–78 Second Division 25 6 1 0 0 0 1 0 26 6
1978–79 Second Division 14 3 1 0 1 0 3 0 19 3
Total 67 14 2 0 2 0 5 0 75 14
Oldham Athletic 1978–79 Second Division 14 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 5
1979–80 Second Division 37 11 1 0 1 0 3 3 42 14
1980–81 Second Division 18 5 0 0 2 1 3 1 23 7
Total 69 21 1 0 3 1 6 4 79 26
Queens Park Rangers 1980–81 Second Division 15 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 17 5
1981–82 Second Division 39 17 9 5 4 2 0 0 52 24
1982–83 Second Division 31 9 0 0 2 0 0 0 33 9
1983–84 First Division 41 13 1 0 3 3 0 0 45 16
1984–85 First Division 19 5 0 0 8 3 3 3 30 11
Total 145 48 12 6 17 8 3 3 177 65
Sheffield Wednesday 1984–85 First Division 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
1985–86 First Division 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Total 15 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 2
Aston Villa 1985–86 First Division 30 10 4 2 8 9 0 0 42 21
1986–87 First Division 29 6 2 0 4 0 1 0 36 6
1987–88 Second Division 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 63 16 6 2 12 9 1 0 82 27
Stoke City 1987–88 Second Division 12 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 16 2
1988–89 Second Division 16 4 0 0 2 1 0 0 18 5
Total 28 6 2 0 2 1 2 0 34 7
Career Total 387 107 23 8 36 19 17 7 463 141
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Anglo-Scottish Cup, Football League Trophy, Full Members Cup, and UEFA Cup.

Honours[edit]

Queens Park Rangers
Aston Villa

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Queens Park Rangers Official Matchday Magazine 2 March 2008 v Stoke City
  3. ^ Simon Stainrod Interview : Goal from kick-off v St Johnstone, Sportscene clip hosted on YouTube.
  4. ^ "Romance of the cup lost on easy come, easy go Stainrod". Scotsman. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Blow for Hatem Ben Arfa's advisor Simon Stainrod". Chronicle Live. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 

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