Steve Stone (footballer)

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Steve Stone
Personal information
Full name Steven Brian Stone
Date of birth (1971-08-20) 20 August 1971 (age 42)
Place of birth Gateshead, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Right Winger
Youth career
Nottingham Forest
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1999 Nottingham Forest 193 (23)
1999–2002 Aston Villa 90 (4)
2002 Portsmouth (loan) 5 (1)
2002–2005 Portsmouth 68 (8)
2005–2006 Leeds United 12 (1)
Total 368 (37)
National team
1995–1996 England 9 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Steven Brian "Steve" Stone (born 20 August 1971 in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear) is an English former footballer and now part of the coaching staff at Newcastle United.

Club career[edit]

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.[1] Injuries, however, struck again, and Stone retired early on 15 December.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

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.[3] Stone was promoted to first-team coach on 14 December 2010 by new manager Alan Pardew.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "West Brom 4–2 Leeds". BBC. 30 September 2006. Retrieved 7 November 2009. 
  2. ^ BBC
  3. ^ "Beardsley Appointed Reserve Team Coach". nufc.co.uk. 27 July 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Steve Stone handed Newcastle first-team coach role". BBC Sport. 27 July 2010. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 

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