Jordan Stewart (footballer, born 1982)
|Full name||Jordan Barrington Stewart|
|Date of birth||3 March 1982|
|Place of birth||Birmingham, England|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Playing position||Left back / Left winger|
|2000||→ Bristol Rovers (loan)||4||(0)|
|2013–2016||San Jose Earthquakes||71||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Stewart started his career at Leicester City, where he was relegated twice and once promoted to the Premier League. Whilst at Leicester he also spent a loan spell at Bristol Rovers. He joined Watford in 2005, and was part of a side that won promotion to Premier League, before being subsequently relegated. He left the club in 2008 and subsequently signed for Derby. In March 2013 he signed a 3-month contract with Coventry City on a free transfer.
Stewart started his career at Leicester City, signing professional terms in the summer of 1999. He made his debut for the club against West Ham United on 22 January 2000. He made one more appearance for Leicester that season before being loaned to Division Two side Bristol Rovers, for whom he made four appearances. Semi-regular appearances from the bench followed in the 2001–02 season, before he established himself as a member of the first-team in 2002–03, after the club's relegation to Division One. Big in the Game On 4 August 2002, Stewart scored the first goal at Leicester's new Walkers Stadium, in a friendly match with Athletic Bilbao. Leicester's return to the Premiership in 2003–04 saw fewer games for Stewart, although he did score a memorable goal against Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium in Leicester's 3–0 win in November 2003. Relegation again saw Stewart hold down a starting position in 2004–05.
Stewart became Adrian Boothroyd's first signing for Watford, joining for £125,000 in July 2005. He started as Watford's first-choice left-back, but was dropped in October 2005 after a run of poor form. He retook the position from James Chambers in January, and started every game until he was dropped for the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 14 April 2006, after another run of poor form. However, he returned to the side as they went on to win the Championship play-offs, playing all three games. He was the only player in Watford's squad to appear in every single match in 2005–06.
Watford were relegated, and started their 2007–08 Championship season away at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Stewart scored his first goal for the club, a deflected free-kick, to equalise in an eventual 2–1 win. Up to the end of 2007, he started every league game in the campaign. He scored his second goal for the club on his 26th birthday, in a 2–2 draw away at Burnley. On 7 May 2008 Watford announced ahead of their play-off game with Hull City that they had agreed to release Stewart early from his contract.
On 30 May 2008 Stewart, along with former Watford teammate Nathan Ellington, signed for Derby County. He signed a three-year contract with the club, who had just been relegated from the Premier League.
Stewart started the 2008–09 season as second choice left back, behind Jay McEveley, but soon established himself as first choice. With McEveley joining Preston and Charlton on loan, he became an ever-present in the Derby side. Stewart scored his first goal for Derby in the 3–0 win over Sheffield Wednesday, a stunning 30-yard strike. In his next home game, he scored another spectacular goal, this one coming against Preston. Once McEveley had returned from his loan spells at the end of January, he re-established himself as first choice left back and after Derby's FA Cup defeat to Manchester United, Stewart only played one more game for the first team, against Charlton on 25 April. Even with McEveley suffering an injury that ruled him out for the season in early April, Stewart was unable to re-establish himself as Lewin Nyatanga was preferred at left back.
On the final day of the 2009 Summer transfer window, Stewart held talks with Sheffield United over a possible move to the Bramall Lane club. The deal was finalised later the same day, with Lee Hendrie moving in the opposite direction. Stewart made his début for the Blades a few days later in a 1–1 home draw against local rivals Doncaster Rovers. Stewart was largely used as a substitute or as defensive cover for the remainder of the season, playing twenty three times for the Blades.
Failing to hold down a first team place at Sheffield United he was released from his contract and signed for Super League Greece side Skoda Xanthi in June 2010. Where he joined former teammate Nathan Ellington.
Stewart signed a short-term deal with Football League One side Notts County on 6 October 2012, and played later that day against table toppers Tranmere Rovers. He scored his first and only goal for the club in a Football League Trophy tie against former club Sheffield United.
In March 2013 Stewart signed a three-month contract with Football League One side Coventry City. Coventry manager Steven Pressley announced on 30 April 2013 that Stewart's contract would not be renewed. In total, Stewart made six appearances for the club.
San Jose Earthquakes
Stats according to Soccerbase
- As of 21 April 2013
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Leicester City||1999–2000||Premier League||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|Bristol Rovers (loan)||2000–01||Second Division||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||0|
|Leicester City||2001–02||Premier League||12||0||2||0||1||0||0||0||15||0|
|Leicester City Total||110||6||11||0||6||0||0||0||127||6|
|Skoda Xanthi||2010–11||Superleague Greece||14||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||15||1|
|Notts County||2012–13||League One||10||0||2||0||0||0||1||1||13||1|
|Coventry City||2012–13||League One||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||0|
Stewart and his close friend and fellow footballer Joleon Lescott launched a clothing label together in 2012 named LescottStewart. Stewart has stated on Twitter that he finds the "back gate (ass)" to be the most attractive part of a women's body. A fan page was created for Stewart's appreciation of back gate (ass), but now appears to be defunct.
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- "Stewart leaves for Greece". Sheffield United F.C. 22 June 2010. Archived from the original on 25 June 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2010.
- "Lions land leftie". millwallfc.co.uk. 7 July 2011. Archived from the original on 9 July 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
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- "Notts County 1-4 Blades - report". sufc.co.uk. 17 October 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
- "Free agent Jordan Stewart joins Sky Blues". Coventry Evening Telegraph. 1 March 2013. Archived from the original on 3 March 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
- "Coventry City: Five released as manager plans squad overhaul". BBC Sport. 30 April 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
- "Signing: Versatile EPL veteran Stewart joins club". San Jose Earthquakes. 9 July 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
- "LescottStewart". dailymail.co.uk. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
- "Jordan Stewart on Twitter". Retrieved 22 July 2016.
- "Backgate Central (@BackgateCentral) | Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
- Jordan Stewart at Soccerbase