Stephen Glass (footballer)
|Full name||Stephen Glass|
|Date of birth||23 May 1976|
|Place of birth||Dundee, Scotland|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|2007||→ Dunfermline Athletic (loan)||11||(3)|
|2012||Shamrock Rovers (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Stephen Glass (born 23 May 1976) is a former Scottish professional footballer.
A midfielder, Glass started his career at Aberdeen, with whom he won the 1995 Scottish League Cup. In 1998 he moved to England, transferring to Newcastle United of the Premier League. Shortly after joining Newcastle, Glass made an appearance for Scotland national football team. He joined Watford in the First Division in 2001, before returning to Scotland in 2003 with Hibernian. He joined Dunfermline Athletic in 2007 and was released at the end of the 2009–10 season. Glass played for American club Carolina RailHawks, before joining Shamrock Rovers as assistant manager in January 2012.
Glass started his career with Aberdeen where he was regarded as one of Scotland's brightest prospects. In Aberdeen's League Cup final victory against Dundee in November 1995, he set up both goals in the Dons 2–0 success. His performance earned him the man-of-the-match award (a mountain bike) as well as a winner's medal.
Glass moved to English Premier League team Newcastle United in 1998, for a fee of £650,000. Glass returned to Pittodrie in October 1998, making his first appearance for his country as a substitute in Scotland's 2–1 win over the Faroes Islands. In his first season at St James' Park, Glass made 29 appearances in all competitions, but was hampered by an injury in February. He did however recover to make a substitute appearance in the 1999 FA Cup Final against Manchester United at Wembley.
Injury, particularly a serious knee problem, blighted his second season in the Premiership. By the time Glass had regained full fitness, manager Bobby Robson had decided that Glass was no more than a solid squad player. Glass played a bit-part role in Newcastle's following two campaigns, making only six league starts out of a possible seventy-six, although he did score the equaliser in a 1–1 home draw with Manchester United in December 2000. He left the club at the end of the 2000–01 season.
In the summer of 2001 Glass signed for Watford on a free transfer, as part of Gianluca Vialli's new-look side. He was one of the more successful Vialli signings, and one of the few to be kept on by his successor, Ray Lewington. However, due to financial constraints Glass had to be released when his contract ended in the summer of 2003. Ironically, after this announcement was made he scored a stunning free-kick in Watford's victory over Burnley in the FA Cup quarter-final. 
Glass was released by Watford at the end of the 2002–03 season and then signed for Hibernian on a three-year contract. He came to Hibs at a time when the club were cutting their budget and several younger players were being introduced to the squad. Glass made his debut for Hibs in the 2–1 win over Dundee United in August 2003 and also featured in an Edinburgh derby win over Hearts the following week. Despite flashes of his expected pedigree, Glass' first season at Easter Road was also blighted by injury.
His second season in Edinburgh, however, proved much more successful and his performances under new boss Tony Mowbray helped the club gain a UEFA Cup place by finishing third in the SPL. Glass missed only two league games due to injury in 2004–05 and his presence helped hold together a Hibs midfield which was weakened by lengthy injuries to star players Scott Brown, Kevin Thomson and Guillaume Beuzelin. Along with numerous goal assists, Glass also chipped with two key goals in Hibs' league campaign. The first was a volley which proved to be a winning goal against Aberdeen in December 2004, while his free-kick helped Hibs to a 2–1 over Dunfermline the following week.
Glass was forced to start the 2005–06 season on the bench for Hibs. Injury to left-back David Murphy in November, however, saw him drafted in as cover and his dependable performances won him his midfield berth back after the new year. Although injuries and inconsistency thwarted Hibs bid for both a top-three finish and a Scottish Cup final place, Glass nonetheless featured in Hibs' impressive wins over Rangers and Hearts in 2006. He accepted Tony Mowbray's offer of a two-year contract extension in April 2006. Glass was overlooked for the vacant Hibs captaincy in favour of Gary Caldwell and then Kevin Thomson in 2005 and 2006, perhaps because manager Mowbray no longer saw him to be certain of automatic first-team selection. When Mowbray was succeeded as Hibs manager by John Collins in October 2006, Glass fell further down the pecking order.
Having made only two first-team starts for Hibs during the first half of the 2006–07 season, he was allowed to move to Dunfermline Athletic to gain more regular first team football. He joined the Pars on 25 January 2007 on loan until the end of the season. After impressing Pars then-manager Stephen Kenny, Glass signed a two-year contract with the Fife club. At the start of the 2008–09 season, Glass was made vice-captain to Scott Wilson by manager Jim McIntyre and was made captain for the 2009-10 season. Glass suffered a knee injury early in that season and was released by Dunfermline at the end of the season.
Glass then went on trial with SPL side St Mirren and came on as a substitute in their pre-season friendly with Dumbarton on 19 July 2010. St Mirren manager Danny Lennon confirmed soon afterwards, however, that he would not be following up his interest in Glass.
Glass was signed by Carolina RailHawks of the second division North American Soccer League on 7 March 2011. Soon afterwards, Glass injured a hip, which prompted him to retire from playing football.
On 13 January 2012, Glass joined Shamrock Rovers as assistant manager, working for his former Dunfermline boss Stephen Kenny. On 11 September 2012 he was put in temporary charge of Shamrock Rovers, following Kenny's dismissal as manager.
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- "Kenny assembles new backroom team". www.shamrockrovers.ie. Shamrock Rovers F.C. 13 January 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
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