Enda Stevens

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Enda Stevens
Personal information
Full name Enda John Stevens[1]
Date of birth (1990-07-09) 9 July 1990 (age 27)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Sheffield United
Number 3
Youth career
–2008 Cherry Orchard
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008 UCD 2 (0)
2009 St Patrick's Athletic 30 (0)
2010–2011 Shamrock Rovers 46 (0)
2012–2015 Aston Villa 7 (0)
2013 Notts County (loan) 2 (0)
2013–2014 Doncaster Rovers (loan) 13 (0)
2014 Northampton Town (loan) 4 (1)
2014–2015 Doncaster Rovers (loan) 28 (1)
2015–2017 Portsmouth 90 (1)
2017– Sheffield United 8 (0)
National team
2011 Republic of Ireland U21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:30, 24 September 2017 (UTC).

Enda John Stevens (born 9 July 1990) is an Irish professional footballer who plays for Sheffield United as a left back. He has experience of football at a continental level, having played in the UEFA Europa League for Shamrock Rovers.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Following a spell in the Cherry Orchard youth team Stevens signed professionally with UCD but was released at the end of the 2008 season. He had trials with Nottingham Forest, Hull City, Stockport County and Yeovil Town. He was one of Jeff Kenna's first signings for St Patrick's Athletic. He plays as a centre back or as a left back. He made his professional debut in a 1–0 win over Cork City at Turners Cross in March 2009.[2]

Stevens made a breakthrough into the first team where he made himself the first choice left back with performances in the league, FAI Cup, and Europa League qualifiers. He made six appearances in the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League as Pats advanced through two rounds to the play-off round.

Shamrock Rovers[edit]

He signed for Shamrock Rovers in December 2009.[3][4] Stevens made his Rovers League debut at home to Dundalk in Tallaght Stadium on the 21 March 2010 [5] He capped off his first League of Ireland season with Rovers by winning his first title as Shamrock Rovers won the league title on the final day of the season.

In 2011, he won the All Ireland Setanta Cup with Rovers. He won the league title again in 2011. He competed in the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League with Rovers, the club's first ever appearance in the competition. Over the course of two seasons, Stevens made 15 appearances for Rovers in European competition.

He capped off a memorable year by winning the PFAI Young Player of the Year award [6]

Aston Villa[edit]

On 31 August 2011, it was announced by Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish that Stevens would sign a three-year contract with the Premier League club, effective from January 2012. The agreement allowed Stevens to remain at Rovers until January 2012 to support them in their maiden UEFA Europa League campaign.[7] Following Shamrock Rovers' exit from European competition, Aston Villa officially announced the signing of Stevens on 3 January 2012.[8]

Stevens spent most of his first months at Villa playing for the reserve team. He then made his first start for the first team in a 2–1 pre-season victory over Burton Albion, on 14 July 2012. He made his full debut for the team, starting in Villa's 3–0 win against Tranmere Rovers in the League Cup second round and also came off the bench in the fourth round win over Swindon Town.[9][10]
On 3 November 2012, Stevens made his first league appearance for Villa in a 1–0 win against Sunderland, coming on as a substitute for Eric Lichaj.[11] Stevens made his full league debut for Villa in the next match, starting against Manchester United on 10 November 2012, due to an injury to Joe Bennett and the suspension of Lichaj.[12] In the next game, only Stevens' third league appearance for the club, the Villa defence conceded five goals as they were beaten 5–0 by champions Manchester City.[13]

Loans[edit]

Stevens made his debut for the club in a League Cup tie against Liverpool, on 27 August 2013.[14] Stevens returned to Aston Villa after a month's loan, having made four appearances in all competitions for Notts County.

Stevens signed on a one-month loan deal with Doncaster Rovers on 28 November 2013.[15] He then signed a one-month loan deal with Northampton Town on 10 October 2014.[16]

Stevens was again loaned to Doncaster on a one-month loan on 6 November 2014.[17]

Portsmouth[edit]

On 15 June 2015, Stevens signed a two-year deal with Portsmouth.[18] He scored his first goal for Portsmouth in a 3–2 win against Newport County on 26 December 2016.[19] In his first season at Portsmouth, Stevens quickly established himself as a key member of one of the division's tightest defences, racking up 53 appearances in the process, as Portsmouth finished sixth in manager Paul Cook's first season in charge.

As he approached the end of a second season as Portsmouth's first-choice left back, on 9 April 2017, Stevens was named in the Team of the Season at the EFL Awards.[20] This was a season in which he notched in with one goal and a very notable 7 assists which contributed to Portsmouth's promotion to League One.

Sheffield United[edit]

Stevens joined Sheffield United in May 2017.[21]

International career[edit]

Stevens made his Republic of Ireland U21 debut in a friendly in Cyprus in February 2011.[22]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 6 May 2017[23][24]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
UCD 2008 LOI Premier Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
St Patrick's Athletic 2009 LOI Premier Division 30 0 5 0 1 0 6 0 42 0
Total 30 0 5 0 1 0 6 0 42 0
Shamrock Rovers 2010 LOI Premier Division 18 0 4 0 0 0 3 0 25 0
2011 LOI Premier Division 28 0 1 0 0 0 16 0 45 0
Total 46 0 5 0 0 0 19 0 70 0
Aston Villa 2011–12 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Premier League 7 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 9 0
2013–14 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 7 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 9 0
Notts County (loan) 2013–14 League One 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 4 0
Doncaster Rovers (loan) 2013–14 Championship 13 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Northampton Town (loan) 2014–15 League Two 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Doncaster Rovers (loan) 2014–15 League One 28 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 32 1
Portsmouth 2015–16 League Two 45 0 5 0 1 0 2 0 53 0
2016–17 45 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 46 1
Total 90 1 6 0 1 0 2 0 99 1
Career total 223 3 16 0 5 0 28 0 272 3
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League Trophy, Setanta Sports Cup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Football League play-offs.

Honours[edit]

Shamrock Rovers
Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/01/2012 and 31/01/2012" (PDF). The Football Association. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  2. ^ "Cork City 0 – St Patrick's Athletic 1". St Patrick's Athletic. 13 March 2009. Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Latest new signing – Enda Stevens". shamrockrovers.ie. 10 December 2009. Archived from the original on 13 December 2009. Retrieved 10 December 2009. 
  4. ^ Aidan Fitzmaurice (7 December 2009). "Mahon unsure of future St Pat's plans". Herald.ie. Retrieved 10 December 2009. 
  5. ^ Super User. "Latest Result – Rovers 0:2 Dundalk". 
  6. ^ "Extratime.ie – League of Ireland Sports news, stats, match results, features and news". 
  7. ^ "Enda Stevens on his way to Villa". Sky Sports. 
  8. ^ "Picture gallery: Stevens signs Villa deal while Lichaj returns". avfc.co.uk. 3 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Aston Villa 3–0 Tranmere Rovers". BBC Sport. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "Swindon 2–3 Aston Villa". BBC Sport. 30 October 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "Sunderland 0–1 Aston Villa". BBC Sport. 3 November 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "Aston Villa 2–3 Manchester United". BBC Sport. 11 November 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  13. ^ "Manchester City 5–0 Aston Villa". BBC Sport. 17 November 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "Liverpool 4–2 Notts County (after extra-time)". BBC Sport. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  15. ^ "Search For A Left Back 'Enda's". DRFC Official Site. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  16. ^ "Aston Villa's Enda Stevens joins Northampton Town on loan". BBC Sport. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  17. ^ "Doncaster Rovers sign Aston Villa's Enda Stevens on loan". BBC Sport. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  18. ^ "Stevens signs for Pompey". Portsmouth FC. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  19. ^ "Newport 2–3 Portsmouth". BBC. 26 December 2016. Retrieved 31 December 2016. 
  20. ^ "EFL team of the season: Chris Wood, Anthony Knockaert and Billy Sharp included". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  21. ^ "Enda Stevens: Sheffield United sign Portsmouth left-back on three-year deal". BBC Sport. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2017. 
  22. ^ "McLoughlin saves penalty in U21s stalemate". FAI. 9 February 2011. Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  23. ^ "Enda Stevens". Soccerbase. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  24. ^ "Enda Stevens". Soccerway. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 

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