Gary Stevens (footballer, born 1962)
|Full name||Gary Andrew Stevens|
|Date of birth||30 March 1962|
|Place of birth||Hillingdon, England|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|1977–1979||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|1979–1983||Brighton & Hove Albion||133||(2)|
|2010–2011||Gabala (Assistant Manager)|
|2013–2014||Sligo Rovers (Assistant Manager)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Gary Andrew Stevens (born 30 March 1962) is an English former footballer who played in the Football League for Brighton & Hove Albion, Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth. He won seven caps for England.
Stevens was born in Hillingdon, Middlesex, and attended Thurston Upper School in Suffolk. He joined Brighton & Hove Albion in 1977. Stevens made his debut as a 17-year-old on 15 September 1979, in the First Division as Brighton won 2–0 at home to Ipswich Town, the club which had released him as a schoolboy. A versatile defender who could also play in midfield, he made 26 appearances in his first season, scoring once, and remained a regular in the side.
In 1983, Brighton, already relegated to the Second Division, played in the FA Cup Final for the first time in their history. Losing to Manchester United 2–1 with three minutes of normal time remaining, Stevens equalised, and teammate Gordon Smith missed an easy chance to win the game at the end of extra time, remembered for the commentator's line "And Smith must score..." Brighton lost the replay 4–0, and Stevens joined Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of "about £350,000".
Stevens made his Tottenham debut at the start of the 1983-84 season, again against Ipswich, but this time was on the losing side. He was a first team regular that season, making 40 league appearances and scoring four goals, and played on the winning side in the 1984 UEFA Cup Final, scoring his penalty in the shootout against Anderlecht. He was also in the side that suffered an unlikely 3-2 defeat to Coventry City in the 1987 FA Cup Final.
He was also capped seven times by England, and was included in the squad for the 1986 World Cup squad – as, confusingly, was the unrelated Everton player Gary Stevens. He later joked that Sir Bobby Robson picked them both to make sure he got the right one. He made two substitute appearances in the tournament. He also won eight caps for England under-21s.
Stevens left Spurs for Portsmouth in 1990 but persistent injuries forced him to retire in 1992. He had never fully recovered from a knee injury suffered in November 1988 when heavily tackled by Vinnie Jones. At the time of the challenge, Gary Stevens was contesting possession of the ball with John Fashanu near the touchline when Jones slid into him.
Following retirement he worked as a presenter for Sky Sports, and for Talksport radio in the UK, although he has since left the station. Gary also became Manager of Wessex league side Petersfield Town in 1992-3 season but resigned 6 months later.
At the start of the 2010–11 Azerbaijan Premier League, Stevens joined Gabala as assistant to Tony Adams. Stevens stayed on as assistant after Adams left in November 2011, until April 2012 when he also left the club.
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