Dale Stephens (footballer)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Dale Stephens
Dale Stephens against Charlton.jpg
Stephens playing for Brighton & Hove Albion in 2016
Personal information
Full name Dale Christopher Stephens[1]
Date of birth (1989-06-12) 12 June 1989 (age 28)[1]
Place of birth Bolton, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Brighton & Hove Albion
Number 6
Youth career
0000–2007 Bury
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Bury 9 (1)
2007 Droylsden (loan) 7 (0)
2007 Hyde United (loan) 4 (0)
2008–2011 Oldham Athletic 60 (11)
2009 Rochdale (loan) 6 (1)
2011 Southampton (loan) 6 (0)
2011–2014 Charlton Athletic 84 (10)
2014– Brighton & Hove Albion 115 (13)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:38, 14 August 2017 (UTC).

Dale Christopher Stephens (born 12 December 1989) is an English professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion.

Early life[edit]

Stephens was born in Bolton, Greater Manchester.[1]

Career[edit]

Oldham Athletic[edit]

Stephens warming up for Oldham Athletic in 2008

Stephens joined Oldham Athletic on 1 July 2008 after rejecting a new deal at Bury.[2] On 9 March 2010, he scored his first goal for Oldham in a 2–0 win over Leyton Orient.[3]

Loans to Rochdale and Southampton[edit]

On 14 August 2009, Stephens joined Rochdale on a month loan. He made his debut in a 3–3 draw with Morecambe on 4 September 2009, where he scored the equaliser. It was later extended by another month. On 12 October he extended the loan spell for a third time.

On 24 March 2011, Stephens signed on loan for Southampton until the end of the season.[4] He made his debut as a substitute in a 3–2 victory over MK Dons. He started days later against Charlton Athletic but had to be stretchered off at the end of the first half.[5]

Charlton Athletic[edit]

On 29 June 2011, Stephens signed a three-year contract for Charlton Athletic for an undisclosed fee, estimated to be around £350,000.[6]

Brighton & Hove Albion[edit]

On 30 January 2014, Stephens signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with Brighton & Hove Albion for an undisclosed fee.[7] Stephens scored his first goal of the 2015–16 season with a strike against Rotherham United, in a 2–1 win. He followed this up with goals against Bolton Wanderers (2–2 draw), Cardiff (1–1 draw), QPR (2–2 draw), Cardiff (4–1 loss), and Burnley (2–2 draw). He formed a vital partnership with Beram Kayal, and would play an integral part in the side that would go 21 league matches unbeaten.[citation needed]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 12 August 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bury 2006–07[8] League Two 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2007–08[9] League Two 6 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
Total 9 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 12 1
Droylsden (loan) 2007–08[10] Conference Premier 7 0 7 0
Hyde United (loan) 2007–08[11] Conference North 4 0 4 0
Oldham Athletic 2008–09[12] League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10[13] League One 26 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 2
2010–11[14] League One 34 9 1 1 1 0 1[a] 0 37 10
Total 60 11 1 1 1 0 1 0 63 12
Rochdale (loan) 2009–10[13] League Two 6 1 6 1
Southampton (loan) 2010–11[14] League One 6 0 6 0
Charlton Athletic 2011–12[15] League One 30 5 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 31 5
2012–13[16] Championship 28 2 1 0 0 0 29 2
2013–14[17] Championship 26 3 2 0 2 1 30 4
Total 84 10 3 0 2 1 1 0 90 11
Brighton & Hove Albion 2013–14[17] Championship 14 2 0 0 14 2
2014–15[18] Championship 16 2 0 0 0 0 16 2
2015–16[19] Championship 45 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 45 7
2016–17[20] Championship 39 2 0 0 0 0 39 2
2017–18[21] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 115 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 115 13
Career total 291 36 7 1 3 1 2 0 303 38
  1. ^ a b Appearance in Football League Trophy

Honours[edit]

Charlton Athletic

Brighton & Hove Albion

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing. p. 392. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ "Oldham swoop for Bury's Stephens". BBC Sport. 5 June 2008. Retrieved 5 June 2008. 
  3. ^ "Oldham 2 Leyton Orient 0". Oldham Athletic A.F.C. 9 March 2010. Archived from the original on 11 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Stephens signs for Saints". Southampton F.C. 24 March 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Saints continue top-two charge". Sky Sports. 5 April 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "Addicks seal double deal". Charlton Athletic F.C. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Seagulls sign Stephens". Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. 30 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Games played by Dale Stephens in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  9. ^ "Games played by Dale Stephens in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  10. ^ Williams, Mike; Williams, Tony, eds. (2008). Non-League Club Directory 2009. Tony Williams Publications. pp. 200–201. ISBN 978-1-869833-59-6. 
  11. ^ Williams; Williams (eds.). Non-League Club Directory 2009. pp. 244–245. 
  12. ^ "Games played by Dale Stephens in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "Games played by Dale Stephens in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  14. ^ a b "Games played by Dale Stephens in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  15. ^ a b "Games played by Dale Stephens in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 June 2017. 
  16. ^ "Games played by Dale Stephens in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  17. ^ a b "Games played by Dale Stephens in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  18. ^ "Games played by Dale Stephens in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  19. ^ "Games played by Dale Stephens in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 June 2017. 
  20. ^ a b "Games played by Dale Stephens in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 July 2017. 
  21. ^ "Games played by Dale Stephens in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 August 2017. 
  22. ^ "League One: 2011/12: Latest table". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 June 2017. 
  23. ^ "Championship: 2016/17: Latest table". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 June 2017. 

External links[edit]