Sidwell training with Chelsea in 2007
|Full name||Steven James Sidwell|
|Date of birth||14 December 1982|
|Place of birth||Wandsworth, London, England|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Central midfielder|
|2001–2002||→ Brentford (loan)||30||(4)|
|2002||→ Beveren (loan)||0||(0)|
|2002–2003||→ Brighton & Hove Albion (loan)||12||(5)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:21, 12 February 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Steven James "Steve" Sidwell (born 14 December 1982) is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder for Fulham in the Premier League. His previous clubs include Arsenal, Reading, Chelsea and Aston Villa.
Sidwell was born in Wandsworth, London. He was part of the Arsenal youth team that won the FA Youth Cup in 2000 and 2001. One of his team mates during these years was James Harper, who he would go on to play with at Reading. He had successful loan spells with Brentford and Brighton, but was unable to break into the Arsenal first team.
A vital part of Reading's Championship-winning 2005–06 squad, in April 2006 Sidwell was named in the Championship Team of the Year by the Professional Footballers' Association, keeping the place he had been given the previous year.
In the summer of 2006, Sidwell rejected a contract extension, and it was rumoured that he might be sold to Everton, Charlton Athletic or Manchester City, as his contract was due to run out at the end of the 2006–07 season. Reading decided to keep Sidwell for their inaugural season in the Premier League, and risk losing him without a transfer fee when his contract ran out.
Over the course of the season, he was linked with a number of high profile clubs. After the last game of the season, Reading manager Steve Coppell confirmed that Sidwell had left the club and knew who he had signed for, but refused to say.
Sidwell joined Chelsea on 1 July 2007 on a free transfer from Reading, and was given squad number 9 for the 2007–08 season. In his first interview after joining Chelsea, Sidwell stated that he had not come to Chelsea to 'make up the numbers', and that he believed training and playing alongside top players like Michael Essien and Frank Lampard would only help him improve.
He made his debut for Chelsea in a 2–1 win over Mexican side Club América in a friendly match in Stanford, California, during Chelsea's summer 2007 tour of the United States. His Premiership debut for Chelsea came on 12 August 2007 in a 3–2 victory against Birmingham City when he replaced Florent Malouda in the 83rd minute, and he scored his only goal for the club on 26 September 2007, in a 4–0 win away to Hull City in the third round of the Football League Cup.
On 10 July 2008, Sidwell signed a three-year deal with Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £5m. He made his debut for the club in a pre-season game against FC Zürich, playing the first 45 minutes, in a match which Villa lost 2–1. On 19 July 2008, Sidwell scored an own goal for Odense in the UEFA Intertoto Cup 2008 in a 2–2 draw at Fionia Park. A week later he made his home debut in the return leg of the fixture, with Villa winning 1–0 on the day, and 3–2 on aggregate. Sidwell scored on his Premier League debut for Aston Villa against Wigan Athletic after coming on as a late substitute in a match which Villa won 4–0. Sidwell nearly had his second Villa goal on 6 November 2008 when Villa played a UEFA Cup group stage match away to Slavia Prague, Sidwell's powerful shot was heading for goal but the ball struck fellow Villa player John Carew and went in, therefore the goal was credited to Carew, not Sidwell. Villa went on to win the match 1–0, and it saw them jump to the top of Group F and continue their 100% record in the competitions group stages, Sidwell played a vital role in the heart of the Villa midfield and followed up his goalscoring display against Wigan. Sidwell scored his first goal at Villa Park in a 2–1 loss against Middlesbrough on 9 November 2008. In that game, he made an error which allowed Middlesbrough's Tuncay Şanlı in to score the winner for Middlesbrough. However, Sidwell bounced back quickly after that error and put in two impressive performances in the two following Premier League matches, against Arsenal and Manchester United respectively, with an increasingly impressive Villa team earning 4 points from the two games. Sidwell scored his third goal of the season just 34 seconds into the Premier League match against Everton on 7 December 2008. Villa won the match 3–2.
The 2009–10 season saw Sidwell continuously in and out of the first team. He failed to score in the season, and was linked with a move away from the club. He remained at the club until January 2011, when he entered talks with West Ham United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham regarding a move. He eventually signed for the latter.
Sidwell signed for Fulham on 7 January 2011, signing a six-month contract with a view to extending it for a further three years. On 15 January 2011, he was an unused sub against Wigan at the DW Stadium in a 1–1 draw. He made his premiership début for Fulham in a 2–0 win at Craven Cottage against Stoke City on 22 January 2011, coming on as a second-half substitute for Dickson Etuhu. On 5 February 2011, Sidwell completed the full 90 minutes against his former club Aston Villa at Villa Park in a 2–2 draw. On 14 February 2011, he started and played the full 90 minutes in the derby with Chelsea in a 0–0 draw at Craven Cottage. On 9 April 2011, Sidwell was an unused substitute in the game with Manchester United at Old Trafford in the 2–0 defeat.
On 18 April 2011, Sidwell's contract was extended until summer 2014 in West London. Five days later after agreeing a new deal, he started the premier league match against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux and completed the full 90 minutes in a 1–1 draw. On 30 April 2011, he started and played the full 90 minutes against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in a 3–0 victory. Sidwell scored his first Fulham goal in fine fashion, hitting a strong right footed shot that flew past Pepe Reina in the 86th minute on 9 May 2011. But the Cottagers suffered a 5–2 loss at home to Liverpool at Craven Cottage with Sidwell playing the full 90 minutes.
On the final matchday of the season, Sidwell opened the scoring for Fulham as they went on to tie Arsenal 2–2 at Craven Cottage. At the end of the 2010–11 season, he made 14 appearances and scored 2 goals in all competitions for the Cottagers. At the start of the 2011–2012 season, manager Martin Jol gave him the number 4 jersey.
- FA Youth Cup: 1999–2000, 2000–01
- Football League Championship: 2005–06
- Aston Villa
- As of 12 February 2014.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2001–02||Brentford (Loan)||Division Two||33||4||2||0||-||-||-||-||35||4|
|Belgium||League||Belgian Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2002–03||Beveren (Loan)||Jupiler League||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2002–03||Brighton & Hove Albion (Loan)||Division One||12||5||-||-||-||-||-||-||12||5|
|2008–09||Aston Villa||Premier League||16||3||4||1||0||0||5||0||25||4|
|Aston Villa Total||45||3||8||1||5||0||6||0||64||4|
The above table doesn't include 2007/08 Community Shield appearance.
Sidwell married Krystell on 19 June 2005. Within days of returning from their honeymoon, he had a tattoo of the wedding vows he had written for her placed on his back. Their first son Harry was born in April 2006. His second son, Rocko, was born on 4 December 2008 a few days before he scored a goal against Everton in the Premier League. His third son, Lenny, was born on 9 February 2010.
His brother, Lee Sidwell, is also a footballer. He played for AFC Wimbledon during the 2002–03 campaign, their inaugural season in the Combined Counties Football League Premier Division, and also won the award for Player of the Year during that season. He left the club in September 2004 to join Whyteleafe, though he no longer plays for them. He has also played for Netherne (now Coulsdon United) and Chipstead.
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