Lewis Stevenson (Scottish footballer)
Stevenson playing for Hibernian against St Mirren in 2011
|Full name||Lewis Stevenson|
|Date of birth||5 January 1988|
|Place of birth||Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Playing position||Left-back, Midfielder|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:24, 25 September 2016 (UTC).
Lewis Stevenson (born 5 January 1988) is a Scottish professional footballer, who plays for Hibernian in the Scottish Championship. He can play as a left back or a midfielder. He is currently the longest serving player at the club, having made his debut in September 2005.
Stevenson attended Balwearie High School in his home town of Kirkcaldy. He joined the Hibernian youth academy aged 14 and played for the Scotland schoolboys team in 2003. He made his competitive debut for Hibernian in a Scottish League Cup tie at Ayr United in September 2005, but did not make his first Scottish Premier League appearance until the opening day of the 2006–07 season. Stevenson became a first-team regular under the management of John Collins, and he was named man of the match in the 2007 Scottish League Cup Final victory.
Stevenson scored his first goal for the club in a 2–0 win against Inverness CT on 26 February 2011. The goal came after more than 100 appearances without one, and Stevenson admitted to not knowing what to do in celebration.
Stevenson played regularly for Hibernian during the 2011–12 season, and won the fans' player of the year award. This came during a season when Hibs struggled to avoid relegation and Stevenson admitted that there were few candidates for the fans to choose from. Pat Fenlon, who made Stevenson team captain for one game, became Stevenson's sixth manager in seven years at Hibs during 2011–12. His number of appearances during the 2011–12 season meant that his contract was automatically extended for another year.
Early in the 2012–13 season, Stevenson suffered a broken toe during an Edinburgh derby match. He returned to the first team three weeks ahead of schedule. Stevenson provided cover at left-back for defensive injuries and he earned praise from Pat Fenlon for his performance in an Edinburgh derby victory in the 2012–13 Scottish Cup. Stevenson was also used at right-back during the 2012–13 season. He agreed a new two-year contract with Hibs in March 2013.
In December 2013, Stevenson recorded his 200th competitive appearance for Hibs. At this time, manager Terry Butcher deployed Stevenson as a left midfielder. This change produced rewards, as Stevenson scored the second goal of his career in a game against Kilmarnock, then won a match-winning penalty kick against Hearts.
Stevenson made his 250th appearance for the club in the fifth round of the 2014–15 Scottish Cup, becoming only the 60th player to record as many appearances since 1885. Stevenson was named captain for the game, a 3–1 win against Arbroath, to mark his achievement. In his following game for the club, Stevenson scored only his fourth career goal as Hibs won 2–0 against Rangers at Ibrox.
During the 2015 close season, Stevenson signed a new two-year contract with Hibs. He was part of the Hibs team that won the 2015–16 Scottish Cup, defeating Rangers 3–2 in the final. In doing so, he became the first player to win both Scottish national cup competitions with Hibernian.
- As of 6 August 2016 (UTC)
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