Stephen McGinn

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Stephen McGinn
McGinn playing for the Scotland Under 21s
McGinn playing for the Scotland Under 21s
Personal information
Date of birth (1988-12-02) 2 December 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sheffield United
Number 14
Youth career
St. Mirren Boys Club
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 St. Mirren 74 (7)
2010–2013 Watford 38 (2)
2013 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 18 (2)
2013– Sheffield United 30 (0)
National team
2007 Scotland U19 1 (0)
2009–2010 Scotland U21 8 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:21, 21 April 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:38, 13 October 2013 (UTC)

Stephen McGinn (born 2 December 1988) is a Scottish footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for Sheffield United. Born in Glasgow, McGinn started his career with St. Mirren in his native Scotland, before moving south of the border to sign for English Championship side Watford. He spent three and a half years at Watford but spent over a year of that on the sidelines following a knee injury, before being loaned to Shrewsbury Town on his return to fitness. He has also represented Scotland at Scotland under-19 and Scotland under-21 level.

Career[edit]

St. Mirren[edit]

McGinn started out at St. Mirren FCBC, (formerly the Football Club's Boys Club, now Youth Football Club) aged seven. He signed professional forms with St. Mirren in July 2006, making his debut as a substitute on 1 January 2007 against Inverness CT. His first full appearance was in a 5–1 loss to Celtic on 20 January 2007, also scoring his first goal.

For the 2007–08 season, McGinn started on bench before making his first start of the season against Celtic at Parkhead on 8 December, he scored the opening goal in a 1–1 draw. His second goal of the season came as the only goal against Hearts. He made his first ever Scottish Cup appearance against Dumbarton on 12 January 2008, coming on in the 88 minute.

McGinn was named in the starting XI for the 2008–09 season, making a start against Celtic on the opening day. On 5 October 2008 McGinn scored a vital goal against Rangers, where St Mirren won 1–0, the team's first home league win over Rangers in 22 years.[1]

McGinn started the 2009–10 season on bench in the Scottish League Cup game but then went on to score on his first start of the season in a 2–1 loss to Hibernian on 15 August 2009.[2] McGinn continued his fine start to the season with a brace against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park, where The Buddies came from behind to win 2–1.

Watford[edit]

McGinn signed for Watford in January 2010, for an undisclosed fee.[3] He made his first Watford appearance as a substitute against Newcastle United on 27 February 2010,and finished the season making two starts and seven sub appearances.

The following season McGinn established himself as a first-team regular for Watford, missing just four games between August and the end of February, before damaging his knee ligaments in a 1–1 draw against Doncaster Rovers. He was ruled out for the rest of the season and underwent knee surgery. McGinn returned to fitness a year later, playing 45 minutes in a reserve game, insisting afterwards that he felt good and stronger than when he got injured.[4]

In July 2012, McGinn signed a new contract to keep him at Vicarage Road for another year, with a one-year option held by the Hornets to extend the deal.[5]

Having failed to make an appearance for Watford during the first half of the following season, in January McGinn signed for Shrewsbury Town on loan until the end of April.[6] He scored his first goal for Shrewsbury in a 2–1 home loss to Sheffield United on 9 February.[7] In June 2013, Watford announced that McGinn's contract would not be renewed and that he was due to be released as a free agent.[8]

Sheffield United[edit]

Following his release from Watford, McGinn signed for League One side Sheffield United in June 2013, agreeing a two-year contract with the option of a third year.[9] McGinn made his debut for the Blades in the opening fixture of the following season, in a 2–1 home win against Notts County.[10]

International career[edit]

McGinn played for Scotland under-19s in a goalless draw against Slovakia in 2007,[11] and marked his debut for the under-21s by scoring in a 5–2 win against Albania in April 2009.[3] He went on to make a total of 8 appearances at under-21 level.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 12 November 2014.[13]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Other Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
2006–07 St. Mirren Scottish Premier League 4 1 0 0 0 0 4 1
2007–08 25 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 28 2
2008–09 28 1 3 0 1 0 32 1
2009–10 18 3 1 0 3 1 22 4
England League FA Cup League Cup League Trophy Total
2009–10 Watford Championship 9 0 9 0
2010–11 29 2 2 0 2 0 33 2
2011–12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Shrewsbury Town (loan) League One 18 2 0 0 0 0 18 2
2013–14 Sheffield United League One 30 0 7 0 0 0 1 0 38 0
2014–15 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 4 0
Total Scotland 75 7 6 0 4 1 1 0 86 8
England 68 4 9 0 4 0 3 0 84 4
Career total 162 11 15 0 8 1 4 0 185 12

Personal life[edit]

Stephen's younger brothers John and Paul McGinn are also footballers, with John currently playing for Stephen's former club St. Mirren and Paul for Dundee.[14][15] McGinn's grandfather, Jack McGinn, is a former Celtic chairman and Scottish Football Association president.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "St. Mirren 1–0 Rangers". St. Mirren. 5 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  2. ^ "Hibernian 2–1 St. Mirren". St. Mirren. 15 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  3. ^ a b "St Mirren sell midfielder Stephen McGinn to Watford". BBC Sport. 13 January 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Watford's Stephen McGinn 'stronger' after year out". BBC Sport. 2 March 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Watford midfielder Stephen McGinn signs new one-year contract with Vicarage Road club". Watford Observer. 10 July 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "McGinn Loan To Shrews". Watford F.C. 4 January 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Shrewsbury 1–2 Sheffield Utd". BBC Sport. 9 February 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Released Players Confirmed". Watford F.C. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Fabien Brandy one of four new signings". BBC Sport. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Sheffield United's David Weir off to winning start against Notts County". The Guardian. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "U19 squad matches". Scottish Football Association. 17 August 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "U21 squad matches". Scottish Football Association. 17 August 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Stephen McGinn". Soccer Base. 23 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Sibling rivalry drives McGinn on". Yahoo. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "McGinn brothers prepare to do battle". The Sheffield Star. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  16. ^ Grahame, Ewing (26 November 2012). "St Mirren's John McGinn continues the family dynasty". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 

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