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Warnock playing for Liverpool
|Full name||Stephen Warnock|
|Date of birth||12 December 1981|
|Place of birth||Ormskirk, England|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|2002||→ Bradford City (loan)||12||(1)|
|2003–2004||→ Coventry City (loan)||44||(3)|
|2012||→ Bolton Wanderers (loan)||15||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:48, 8 February 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
He has been capped by England twice and was part of the nation's squad at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Warnock previously played for Liverpool, Coventry City, Bradford City, Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa & Bolton Wanderers.
Warnock was born in Ormskirk, Lancashire where, in his childhood, he played for Rufford Colts (based at St Bede's RC High School) and also played for St Bede's RC High School. Following his time spent in the Liverpool youth academy and England Youth set up, with his first international cap in the u16s, he had loan spells at Bradford City (where he scored his first career goal against Sheffield Wednesday) and Coventry City.
Warnock made his first team Liverpool debut against Grazer AK in 2004, during the first leg of a UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. In his second season (2005–06), he was asked to play primarily at left-back, in rotation with the Norwegian John Arne Riise. Warnock scored his only goal for Liverpool against Fulham in a 5–1 win on 15 March 2006.
In a media speculated swap deal, Blackburn's captain Lucas Neill was reported to being changing clubs with Warnock in both summer 2006 and winter 2007. Eventually Neill joined West Ham United, while on 22 January 2007 Warnock joined Blackburn Rovers for an undisclosed fee believed to be £1.5m. He made his debut in the FA Cup fourth round in a 4–0 away victory over Luton Town.
On 31 January 2007, he played his first Premier League match for Rovers against Chelsea. He was dismissed for the match after two cautions in the 2–1 victory over Sheffield United on 3 February 2007. Warnock scored his first goal for Blackburn in the 3–0 victory over Portsmouth on 25 February 2007.
On 11 April 2009, before Blackburn Rovers' match against Warnock's former club Liverpool, Stephen presented a flower display displaying the numbers '96' in reference to the 96 Liverpool supporters who lost their lives in the Hillsborough Disaster on 15 April 1989. Before the kick off Warnock presented the flowers in front of famous Spion Kop on behalf of Blackburn Rovers. This was greeted with chants of 'Stephen Warnock' from the Kop.
On 26 August 2009, it was confirmed that Aston Villa were in talks with Blackburn Rovers over a possible move for Warnock to the Villa Park club. The next day it was confirmed that Warnock had signed a four-year contract with Villa to wear the number 25 shirt. He scored his first goal for Villa in the League Cup semi-final second leg victory over former club Blackburn Rovers on 20 January 2010, which ended 6–4 to Aston Villa. Since Wilfred Bouma got released from his contract at Aston Villa, Warnock was given the number 3 shirt, a more traditional left-back number, for the starting eleven and he started Villa's opening Barclays Premier League game of the new 2010–11 season against West Ham United and also completed the full 90 minutes in a 3–0 victory at Villa Park.
On 13 November 2010, Warnock started and played the full 90 minutes against Manchester United in the 2–2 draw at Villa Park. From December 2010 onwards, he was out of favour with Aston Villa manager Gérard Houllier and was forced to play with the reserve side. Warnock was widely expected to leave the club in the summer transfer window, with a number of teams reportedly interested in his signature. However, new boss Alex McLeish stated that he was impressed with Warnock's "phenomenal" attitude, and stated he would be given a clean slate, as with other players excluded by Houllier, all but guaranteeing his place in the squad. On 15 October 2011, Warnock scored his first league goal away at Manchester City. Warnock made 34 appearances for the Villains during the 2011–12 campaign, under manager Alex McLeish missing only 3 Premier League fixtures. During the 2012–13 season under new manager Paul Lambert, Warnock found his chances limited and was made to train with the development squad.
Loan to Bolton Wanderers
On 21 September 2012, Warnock joined Bolton Wanderers on a three-month loan deal. He wore number 15 during his time at the club. He was on the bench a day later in their 2–1 win against Sheffield Wednesday and made his debut in their next match, starting at Left Back in Bolton's 1–0 defeat against Crystal Palace. In his second game, at home against Leeds United, Warnock gave away a penalty (which was subsequently scored) as the game finished 2–2. Warnock would play 15 times for Bolton before returning to Villa.
On transfer deadline day 31 January 2013, Warnock signed a 2 and a half-year deal at Leeds United. He made his Leeds debut on 9 February 2013, playing the whole match in the club's 2–2 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux. Warnock scored his first goal from the penalty spot for Leeds on 2 March 2013 in a 1–0 win against Millwall. Warnock was named as captain in Brian McDermott's first game in charge on 13 April against Sheffield Wednesday. Before joining Leeds United, West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce revealed that Warnock had turned down signing for Premier League West Ham United to join Leeds United as they had offered Warnock a longer contract.
In February 2014, in conditions such that, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post, "the ferocious wind was man-of-the-match and the rain would have stripped paint", Warnock's free kick from distance was caught by the wind and dropped over the goalkeeper's head to give Leeds a 2–1 win away to Yeovil Town.
Despite having made relatively few first team appearances for Liverpool, Warnock was called into the senior England squad for the first time on 29 August 2005, due to lack of cover in the squad at left back. He was again called into the squad by England coach Fabio Capello in May 2008 for the friendlies against the United States and Trinidad and Tobago. He made his England debut against the latter on 1 June coming on as a substitute for Wayne Bridge in the 84th minute.
After impressing with Aston Villa in the early 2009–10 season Warnock received a call up to the international squad once more for a friendly against Egypt. On 11 May 2010, Warnock was named in the 30-man provisional squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. On 1 June 2010, he was named in the final 23-man selection by manager Fabio Capello, ahead of other left back Leighton Baines. Due to the widely accepted adeptness of Ashley Cole at left-back, Warnock did not feature in any of England's matches during their short-lived run in the World Cup which ended against Germany.
In May 2012, former Scotland manager Craig Levein made an approach to Warnock to play for the Scottish national side. Warnock remains eligible for Scotland despite playing for England as his England caps have all come in friendly games.
Club career statistics
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2002–03||Bradford City (loan)||First Division||12||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||12||1|
|2003–04||Coventry City (loan)||44||3||3||0||2||0||0||0||49||3|
|2012–13||Bolton Wanderers (loan)||Championship||15||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||15||0|
- 2003–04 Fans Player of the Season Award, with Coventry City
- 2008–09 Player of the Season Award, with Blackburn Rovers
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- Jim Barrett of West Ham United went off injured eight minutes into his only cap, in 1928, and Brighton's Peter Ward played the same amount of time after coming on in the 85th minute of his only appearance, against Australia in 1980. "TheFA.com Archive". TheFA.com. Retrieved 31 August 2009.[dead link]
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