Stephen Elliott (footballer)

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Stephen Elliott
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Personal information
Full name Stephen William Elliott
Date of birth (1984-01-06) 6 January 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Carlisle United
Number 27
Youth career
Belvedere
Stella Maris
Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Manchester City 2 (0)
2004–2007 Sunderland 81 (22)
2007–2008 Wolverhampton Wanderers 29 (4)
2008–2010 Preston North End 46 (7)
2010 Norwich City (loan) 10 (2)
2010–2012 Heart of Midlothian 56 (11)
2012–2013 Coventry City 18 (4)
2014– Carlisle United 15 (1)
National team
Republic of Ireland U17
2002–2003 Republic of Ireland U19 9 (2)
2003 Republic of Ireland U20 4 (3)
2003–2004 Republic of Ireland U21 10 (6)
2004–2006 Republic of Ireland 9 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:53, 2 November 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Stephen Elliott (born 6 January 1984 in Dublin) is an Irish international footballer who plays as a striker for Carlisle United. He has previously played for Manchester City, Sunderland, Wolves, Preston North End, Heart of Midlothian, Coventry City and had a loan spell at Norwich City.

He has represented Ireland as a youth from under 17 level up and as a full internationalist.

Club career[edit]

Elliott began his career as a youth player with Belvedere[1] and Stella Maris.[2]

Manchester City[edit]

He began his professional career as a youth player at Manchester City after impressing in a trial match with Stella Maris in which he scored five goals in the space of half an hour.[3] His league debut came on 21 February 2004 when Kevin Keegan used him as a late substitute in a 3–1 win at Bolton Wanderers.[4] He failed to establish himself in the first team, making only one further appearances as a substitute,[5] with his development at City hampered by a serious back injury that ruled him out for a season.[3]

Sunderland[edit]

Sunderland manager Mick McCarthy signed him from Manchester City on 1 June 2004[6] for an initial fee of £125,000, set by a tribunal,[7] with well over £250,000 of additional payments linked to his subsequent performance at the Black Cats of around £100,000 if Sunderland were promoted to the Premier League; £50,000 if he played in a competitive game for the Republic of Ireland; five instalments of £20,000 for each set of ten appearances he made for Sunderland up to a maximum of 50 games; and 25% of any sell-on transfer fees.[8] McCarthy later admitted that he had bought him outrageously cheaply, although that was before all of the above add-ons were ultimately realised.[9] He made his debut on 7 August against Coventry in their 2–0 defeat,[10] with his first goal for the club coming on 10 August against Crewe Alexandra, scoring the winner in their 3–1 win.[11] He quickly established himself as first-team regular, making 47 appearances scoring 16 goals in his debut season[12] as the team finished as champions in 2005, helping him win the clubs young player of the season award.[5] And in July 2005 he signed a contract extension extending his stay until 2008.[13]

However, his first Premiership season was largely disrupted by injury,[3] only managing 15 appearances[14] although prior to his injuries he scored two long-range goals against Manchester United[15] and Newcastle United.[16]

On Sunderland's return to the Championship the following season, he showed good form when fit, but again was disrupted by an ankle injury which kept him out for two months.[17] In all he made 88 appearances for Sunderland scoring 23 goals.[18]

Wolverhampton Wanderers[edit]

Elliott moved to Wolves in July 2007 for an undisclosed fee signing a three-year contract,[19] linking up with Mick McCarthy, his former manager at Sunderland.[20] He made his debut on 11 August 2007 in their 2–1 defeat to Watford,[21] going on to score his first goal for the club on 15 September scoring the opening goal against Sheffield United.[22] However, he failed to make a strong impact at Molineux, and was transfer-listed at the season's end after the club missed out on the play-offs on goal difference.[23]

He made one more appearance for wolves the following season in the Carling Cup against Rotherham.[24] In all he made 32 appearances for Wolves scoring 5 times.[18]

Preston North End[edit]

On 1 September 2008, Elliot signed for Championship side Preston North End on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.[25] He made his debut as a substitute on 16 September against Nottingham Forest,[26] going on to score his first goal for the club on 18 October Reading, with the winning goal in their 2–1 win.[27] He scored a brace against his former team Wolves at Molineux in their 3–1 win in January.[28] He was to form a partnership with Jon Parkin in Preston's attack.[29] In his debut season he made 39 appearances scoring 6 times.[30]

The following season he made 13 appearances scoring twice[31] before falling out of favour and In March 2010 he joined Norwich on loan.[32] On his return on 7 August[33] he negotiated an early release from his Preston contract.[34]

Norwich City[edit]

On 6 March 2010, Elliot signed on an emergency loan deal with Norwich City until the end of the season and was given the number 11 shirt.[35] He made his debut on 6 March 2010 against Yeovil in League One,[36] scoring his first goals for the club the following week, scoring a brace against Huddersfield in their 3–1 win.[37] In all he made 10 appearances scoring twice.[31]

Heart of Midlothian[edit]

On 9 August 2010 Elliott joined Scottish Premier League side Heart of Midlothian on a two-year deal,[38] reuniting him with former strike partner at Sunderland Kevin Kyle.[39] He made his debut as a 66th minute substitute on 14 August against St Johnstone at Tynecastle,[40] going on to make his first start on 7 November against rivals Hibernian in the first Edinburgh Derby of the season scoring the second goal in a 2–0 victory for Hearts.[41] He scored his first home goal for the club on 10 December to make the score 3–0 in a 5–0 victory against Aberdeen.[42] Despite a hamstring injury that put him out for a month,[43] he made 31 appearances scoring 8 goals in his debut season.[44]

Elliott become renowned for his crucial goals away from home. Of his eight goals for Hearts in his debut season, seven came away from home[44] including doubles at Hamilton in a 2–0 win,[45][46] and at Kilmarnock in a 2–1 victory, the latter coming after Elliott had come off the substitutes bench for the second half to reverse a 1–0 deficit.[47] Elliott scored an equalising goal in the 83rd minute of the third Edinburgh derby of the season, earning Hearts a 2–2 draw despite having played for over an hour with 10 men.[48]

He made his European debut on 28 July 2011 in a Europa League qualifier against Paksi.[49] Elliott helped Hearts win the 2011–12 Scottish Cup; he started in the 2012 Scottish Cup Final, which Hearts won 5–1 against Hibernian. Days later, Hearts announced that Elliott's contract would not be renewed.

Coventry City[edit]

On 2 July 2012 Elliott joined Football League One side Coventry City on a one-year deal after his Heart of Midlothian contract had expired.[50] He scored three goals up to the new year, against Sheffield United and scored two against MK Dons at Stadium mk which Coventry won 3–2 after going behind. Coventry manager Steven Pressley announced on 30 April 2013 that Elliott's contract would not be renewed.[51]

Carlisle United[edit]

On 7 August 2014, Elliott signed a one-year deal with recently relegated Football League Two side Carlisle United.[52]

International career[edit]

He has represented Ireland at U-17 level,[53] U-19,[54] the U-20 team at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship,[55] where he was their top goalscorer, and the Republic of Ireland national under-21 football team where he made 10 appearances scoring 6 times.

Elliott's good start for Sunderland in 2004 led to a call-up to the Republic of Ireland, and he made his international debut against Croatia at Lansdowne Road on 16 November 2004.[56] He scored his first senior International goal to beat Cyprus 1–0 in a World Cup qualifier on 8 October 2005.[57] In all he made 9 appearances for Ireland at full international level.[58]

Career statistics[edit]

Stats according to Soccerbase

As of 25 February 2013
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester City 2003–04 Premier League 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Sunderland 2004–05 Championship 42 15 2 0 2 1 0 0 46 16
2005–06 Premier League 15 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 16 2
2006–07 Championship 24 5 1 0 1 0 0 0 26 5
Total 81 22 3 0 4 1 0 0 88 23
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2007–08 Championship 29 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 31 5
2008–09 Championship 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 29 4 2 1 1 0 0 0 32 5
Preston North End 2008–09 Championship 37 6 1 0 0 0 1 0 39 6
2009–10 Championship 9 1 1 0 3 1 0 0 13 2
Norwich City (loan) 2009–10 League One 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 2
Preston North End Total 46 7 2 0 3 1 1 0 52 8
Heart of Midlothain 2010–11 Scottish Premier League 30 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 31 8
2011–12 Scottish Premier League 26 3 5 0 0 0 3 0 34 3
Total 56 11 6 0 0 0 3 0 65 11
Coventry City 2012–13 League One 18 4 0 0 3 0 4 0 24 4
Total 18 4 0 0 3 0 4 0 24 4
Career totals 242 50 13 1 11 2 8 0 274 53
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including substitutes) in the 2008–09 Play-offs, 2011–12 UEFA Europa League and the Football League Trophy.

Honours[edit]

Sunderland
Norwich City
Hearts
FAI Young international player of the year 
2005

Personal life[edit]

Elliott was born in Dublin in the Republic of Ireland.[59] He is often known by the nickname of Sleeves,[60][61] which he picked up whilst playing for Sunderland from a phrase he said "Sleeves Up".[62]

References[edit]

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  14. ^ "2005/2006 Stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
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  19. ^ "Stephen Elliott Wolves Profile". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
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  31. ^ a b "2009/2010 Stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
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  33. ^ "Elliott Departs". Preston North End F.C. 7 August 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  34. ^ "Hearts confirm signing of striker Elliott". Scottish Television. 10 August 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
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  36. ^ "Norwich 3 – 0 Yeovil". BBC Sport. BBC. 6 March 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  37. ^ "Huddersfield 1 – 3 Norwich". BBC Sport. BBC. 13 March 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
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  39. ^ "Vladimir Romanov attacks SFA fine as Stephen Elliott joins Hearts". The Scotsman. 9 August 2010. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  40. ^ "Hearts 1 – 1 St Johnstone". BBC Sport. BBC. 14 August 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  41. ^ "Hibernian 0 – 2 Hearts". BBC Sport. BBC. 7 November 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  42. ^ "Hearts 5 – 0 Aberdeen". BBC Sport. BBC. 11 December 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  43. ^ "Jim Jefferies has helped create a great team spirit and bond at Hearts, says Stephen Elliott". Daily Record. 3 July 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  44. ^ a b "2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  45. ^ "Stephen Elliott makes all the difference for Hearts over Hamilton". The Guardian. 12 February 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  46. ^ "Hamilton 0 – 2 Hearts". BBC Sport. BBC. 12 February 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  47. ^ "Kilmarnock 1 – 2 Hearts". BBC Sport. BBC. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  48. ^ "Elliott rescues derby draw for ten-man Hearts". ESPN. 3 April 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  49. ^ "Paksi 1–1 Hearts". BBC Sport. BBC. 28 July 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  50. ^ "Sky Blues snap up striker". CCFC. 2 July 2012. 
  51. ^ "Coventry City: Five released as manager plans squad overhaul". BBC Sport. 30 April 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  52. ^ "Carlisle United sign free agent striker Stephen Elliott". BBC Sport. 7 August 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  53. ^ "Stephen Elliott can return to form that made him a hot prospect, says former Ireland boss Brian Kerr". Daily Record. 22 January 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  54. ^ "Stephen Elliott UEFA Profile". Uefa. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  55. ^ "Stephen Elliott FIFA Profile". FIFA. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  56. ^ "Republic of Ireland 1–0 Croatia". BBC Sport. BBC. 16 November 2004. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  57. ^ "Cyprus 0–1 Republic of Ireland". BBC Sport. BBC. 8 October 2005. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
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  60. ^ "Suffers Setback". Preston North End F.C. 11 March 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  61. ^ "Scott's bet". Heart of Midlothian F.C. 24 February 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  62. ^ "I'LL ROLL UP MY SLEEVES FOR GAFFER". MAT KENDRICK. The free library. 7 October 2007. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 

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