Stefan Payne

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Stefan Payne
Personal information
Full name Stefan Steve Payne
Date of birth (1991-08-10) 10 August 1991 (age 25)[1]
Place of birth Lambeth, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[2]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Shrewsbury Town
(on loan from Barnsley)
Number 45
Youth career
0000–2009 Croydon
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009 Croydon ? (?)
2009 Sutton United 10 (6)
2009–2010 Fulham 0 (0)
2010–2012 Gillingham 27 (2)
2011 Braintree Town (loan) 2 (3)
2012 Aldershot Town 1 (0)
2012 Sutton United 16 (7)
2012–2013 Macclesfield Town 1 (0)
2013 Ebbsfleet United 13 (5)
2013–2014 AFC Hornchurch 46 (35)
2014–2016 Dover Athletic 83 (43)
2016– Barnsley 7 (0)
2017– Shrewsbury Town (loan) 11 (2)
National team
2015 England C 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:41, 23 April 2017 (UTC).

Stefan Steve Payne (born 10 August 1991) is an English professional footballer who plays for Shrewsbury Town, on loan from Barnsley, as a striker.


Payne played for Croydon youth team during the 2008–09 season and broke into the first team towards the tail end of the campaign and impressed Sutton United officials during a youth league game against the team.[3] In the summer of 2009, Payne signed a contract with Sutton for the 2009–10 season. He made an immediate impact, scoring a hat-trick in the club's first league game of the season, a 4–0 win over Margate.

He quickly attracted attention from Football League scouts. In September 2009, Fulham offered Payne and Sutton a contract. It was thought to be worth a six-figure-sum for Sutton.[4] Although Fulham could not officially sign a player outside the transfer window, Payne joined the reserve squad in October. He played many games for the reserve team but did not break into the first team.

During the 2010 close-season, Gillingham manager Andy Hessenthaler revealed his eagerness to sign Payne,[5] eventually joining Gillingham on a free transfer in June 2010, signing a two-year contract.[6] Payne played several pre-season friendlies and made his first professional football appearance in the first league game of the season, against Cheltenham Town.[7] In February 2011, Payne went to Braintree Town on a one-month loan,[8] and scored a hat-trick in his second appearance to help beat Basingstoke Town 5–2.[9]

Payne scored his first goal for Gillingham in the 6–1 away win over Hereford United on 17 September 2011.

On 27 January 2012, he signed for Aldershot Town, and in February the club's official website announced that he had been sent out on loan to Sutton United until the end of the season. Aldershot manager Dean Holdsworth said that Payne needed to play regular football,[10] but on 22 February, the Sutton Guardian announced that Payne's contract at Aldershot had been cancelled and that Sutton had got the player for nothing.[11]

Payne signed in August 2013 for AFC Hornchurch in the Isthmian League, scoring twice on his debut away at Dulwich Hamlet.[12]

On 3 June 2014, Payne signed for Dover Athletic.[13] He was the club's top scorer in both of his seasons with the Kent club, and was named Players' Player of the Year for the 2015–16 season.

On 18 May 2016, Payne signed for Barnsley on a two-year contract with the option to extend for another year. He signed on loan for Shrewsbury Town for the remainder of the season in January 2017.[14]


  1. ^ "Stefan Payne profile". Gillingham F.C. site. Retrieved 21 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 473. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  3. ^ "Sutton United 1–3 Croydon: Youth Report". Retrieved 17 June 2010. 
  4. ^ Stuart Amos (8 September 2009). "Payne's Fulham move hangs on scan". Sutton Guardian. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Gillingham set to sign Andy White and Stefan Payne". BBC News. 17 June 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "GILLS LAND YOUNG STRIKE PAIR". Gillingham F.C. official website. 17 June 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "Gillingham vs Cheltenham: Match Report". Gillingham F.C. 7 August 2010. Retrieved 8 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "Iron Add Payne for a Month". Pitchero Non-League. 18 February 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
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  10. ^ "Striker leaves on loan". Aldershot Town F.C. 20 February 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  11. ^ Amos, Stuart (22 February 2012). "Sutton snap up ex-Fulham Youngster". Sutton Guardian. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "Hornchurch enjoy nice hamlet trip". Romford Recorder. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "Whites sign Payne". Dover Athletic. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "Stefan Payne joins Town". Shrewsweb. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 

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