Steve Stone (footballer)
|Full name||Steven Brian Stone|
|Date of birth||20 August 1971|
|Place of birth||Gateshead, England|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Playing position||Right Winger|
|2002||→ Portsmouth (loan)||5||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Stone began his career at Nottingham Forest, where, despite suffering three broken legs, he managed to establish himself as a vital team player, and also earned a call up to the England squad, making his international debut in 1995 against Norway. He went on to earn nine caps, scoring twice, and was part of Terry Venables' squad for Euro 96.
However, another serious leg injury meant he missed the entire 1996–97 season. Despite this, he fought his way back into the Forest team.
Following the club's relegation from the Premier League season, he moved to Aston Villa for £5.5 million in 1999, despite having made 229 appearances for Forest. He soon became a vital team player under then manager John Gregory, and came on as a substitute in the 2000 FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium. However, following Gregory's dismissal, Stone failed to impress new manager Graham Taylor, and, having failed to land a place at Manchester United two seasons earlier, he was transferred to Portsmouth for the 2002–03 season, having played in 121 games for Villa.
Despite continued injuries, he established himself as a regular in the Portsmouth team. He was an invaluable part of the team that won promotion to the Premier League in 2002–2003, and then achieved a mid-table finish the following season and narrowly avoided relegation the next. However, when his contract expired in June 2005, new manager Alain Perrin decided to release Stone, and he signed for Leeds United.
Stone's career at Leeds was short-lived. He was injured in training as soon as he joined the club, and it took him most of his first season to recover from the tendinitis in his achilles due to getting MRSA after the operation and then having to have a further two operations for the MRSA. Stone played a few matches at the end of the 2005–06 campaign, and continued to play at the start of the 2006–07 campaign, scoring once against West Brom. Injuries, however, struck again, and Stone retired early on 15 December.
On 27 July 2010, he was appointed reserve team assistant manager to Peter Beardsley at Newcastle United after a successful time working at their academy. Stone was promoted to first-team coach on 14 December 2010 by new manager Alan Pardew.
- "West Brom 4–2 Leeds". BBC Sport. BBC. 30 September 2006. Archived from the original on 27 November 2006. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
- "Stone takes retirement decision". BBC Sport (BBC). 15 December 2006. Archived from the original on 13 November 2013.
- "Beardsley Appointed Reserve Team Coach". Newcastle United F.C. 27 July 2010. Archived from the original on 26 April 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2010.
- "Steve Stone handed Newcastle first-team coach role". BBC Sport. 27 July 2010. Archived from the original on 18 December 2010. Retrieved 14 December 2010.