Stephen Gleeson

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Stephen Gleeson
Stephen Gleeson.jpg
Gleeson playing for Stockport County in 2008
Personal information
Full name Stephen Michael Gleeson[1]
Date of birth (1988-08-03) 3 August 1988 (age 26)[1]
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Birmingham City
Number 8
Youth career
Cherry Orchard
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 (0)
2006–2007 Stockport County (loan) 14 (2)
2008 Hereford United (loan) 4 (0)
2008 Stockport County (loan) 6 (0)
2008–2009 Stockport County (loan) 21 (2)
2009 Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 5 (0)
2009–2014 Milton Keynes Dons 169 (16)
2014– Birmingham City 39 (0)
National team
2006–2010 Republic of Ireland U21 12 (2)
2007 Republic of Ireland 2 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:12, 3 May 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

Stephen Michael Gleeson (born 3 August 1988) is an Ireland international footballer who plays as a midfielder for Birmingham City.

Club career[edit]

Born in Dublin,[1] Gleeson played for Cherry Orchard before moving to England to join Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he received a three-year contract at the start of May 2006 having come up through the club's Academy.[3]

In the 2006–07 season he went on loan to Stockport County for three months, making his senior debut on 11 November 2006 in a 2–1 victory at Exeter City in the FA Cup. He impressed at County, scoring two goals from midfield and playing an influential part in their nine match winning streak, without conceding a goal.[citation needed]

On returning to Wolves, he made four substitute appearances, including in their play-off semi-final second-leg defeat at West Bromwich Albion. The following season, his only first-team appearance for the club came in a League Cup game.[4] To gain playing time, he joined League Two Hereford United on 21 February 2008 on a month's loan.[5] However, this was unsuccessful and fans became annoyed with his attitude, especially during a match against Stockport where Gleeson showed no desire throughout the match, prompting an early end to the loan spell.[citation needed]

After spending a couple of days back with his home club, Gleeson returned on loan to Stockport County on 26 March 2008 until the end of the season. His first goal after his return to Edgeley Park was at Wycombe Wanderers in the play-off semi-final. Gleeson then appeared in the Wembley final where the club won promotion to League One after beating Rochdale.[4] His semi-final goal was later voted Stockport's Goal of 2008 by fans,[6] and also chosen by manager Jim Gannon as his favourite goal of the year.[citation needed]

His association with Stockport continued again the following season as he spent the first half of the campaign on loan again with them.[7] He returned to his parent club but again went out on loan, this time to League One club Milton Keynes Dons in March 2009 for the remainder of the season.[8] He helped the club reach the play-offs, but suffered ankle ligament damage which led him to miss their unsuccessful bid for promotion to the Championship.[citation needed]

Milton Keynes Dons[edit]

He subsequently joined MK Dons on a permanent basis on 1 July 2009, in a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.[9] Although a feisty, yet influential midfielder, never afraid to become embroiled in the occasional confrontation on the pitch, (which occasionally ended with a dismissal), he eventually settled down to become one of the most revered players with which the MK Dons fans have very much come to admire.[peacock term]

Gleeson scored a "wonder goal" from 30 yards (27 m) against Leyton Orient on 25 January 2011,[10] prompting many fans to call out "Shoot!" any time he had the ball in an opposition's half for a considerable number of matches afterwards.[citation needed]

Gleeson produced another goal from distance on 2 December 2012, the first goal ever scored in a match between MK Dons and AFC Wimbledon. The Dons went on to win 2–1 to progress to the third round of that season's FA Cup.[11] A couple of weeks later, he suffered a break in his left foot during training, which kept him out of action until a match against Doncaster Rovers on 5 March 2013, which he celebrated with a goal to seal a 3–0 victory at Stadium mk.[12]

During a couple of matches in April 2013, Gleeson wore the captain's armband owing to Dean Lewington's absence through injury, and scored a late winner against Brentford to secure a second consecutive win.[13] He then had to leave the field through injury just after half-time in a 2–0 win against Swindon Town.[14]

Birmingham City[edit]

Gleeson signed a two-year contract with Championship club Birmingham City when his MK Dons contract expired at the end of the 2013–14 season.[15] He made his debut in the starting eleven for the opening-day defeat at Middlesbrough.[16]

International career[edit]

Gleeson was called up to the Irish Under 19 squad for a friendly tournament in La Manga in February 2006, despite being a year younger than most of his colleagues, and was also named in the squad for the Under-19 European Championship qualifying rounds in May 2006. He also represented his country at Under 21 level, scoring twice on his debut, a 2–2 draw against Germany on 21 August 2007.

He made his full international debut for the Republic of Ireland against Ecuador on 23 May 2007 in a 1–1 friendly draw at the Giants Stadium in New Jersey, United States.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 2 May 2015
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2006–07[17] Championship 3 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 4 0
2007–08[4] Championship 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2008–09[18] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 5 0
Stockport County (loan) 2006–07[17] League Two 14 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 17 2
Hereford United (loan) 2007–08[4] League Two 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Stockport County (loan) 2007–08[4] League Two 6 0 0 0 0 0 3[b] 1 9 1
2008–09[18] League One 21 2 3 1 1 0 1[c] 0 26 3
Total 27 2 3 1 1 0 4 1 35 4
Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 2008–09[18] League One 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Milton Keynes Dons 2009–10[19] League One 29 0 3 0 0 0 4[c] 0 36 0
2010–11[20] League One 36 2 2 0 0 0 2[d] 0 40 2
2011–12[21] League One 39 5 2 0 2 0 3[e] 0 46 5
2012–13[22] League One 30 6 3 1 3 0 1[c] 0 37 7
2013–14[23] League One 35 3 4 0 2 0 1[c] 0 42 3
Total 174 16 14 1 7 0 11 0 206 17
Birmingham City 2014–15[16] Championship 39 0 1 0 1 0 41 0
Career total 261 20 21 2 10 0 16 1 308 23
  1. ^ Appearance in Football League Championship play-offs
  2. ^ Appearances in Football League Two play-offs
  3. ^ a b c d Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  4. ^ Appearances in Football League One play-offs
  5. ^ One appearance in Football League Trophy, two appearances in League One play-offs

International[edit]

As of match played 25 May 2007.[24]
International statistics
National team Year Apps Goals
Republic of Ireland 2007 2 0
Total 2 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream. p. 169. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ "Player profiles: Stephen Gleeson". Birmingham City F.C. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Gleeson signs Wolves pro contract". BBC Sport. 9 May 2006. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Games played by Stephen Gleeson in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Hereford bring in Gleeson on loan". BBC Sport. 21 February 2008. 
  6. ^ "Goal of 2008". Stockport County F.C. 16 January 2009. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Hatters bring in Gleeson on loan". BBC Sport. 8 August 2008. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "MK Dons snap up Wolves midfielder". BBC Sport. 25 March 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Gleeson Joins MK Dons". Wolverhampton Wanderers. 1 July 2009. Archived from the original on 29 September 2009. 
  10. ^ "Leyton Orient 2–2 MK Dons". BBC Sport. 25 January 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  11. ^ Doyle, Paul (2 December 2012). "MK Dons defeat AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup with late Jon Otsemobor goal". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "Karl: Near-perfect". Milton Keynes Dons F.C. 5 March 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "Dons just have to keep winning says Gleeson". Milton Keynes Citizen. 2 April 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "MK Dons 2–0 Swindon". Milton Keynes Dons F.C. 9 April 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  15. ^ "Official: Birmingham City sign Irish midfielder". Birmingham City F.C. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "Games played by Stephen Gleeson in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  17. ^ a b "Games played by Stephen Gleeson in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  18. ^ a b c "Games played by Stephen Gleeson in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  19. ^ "Games played by Stephen Gleeson in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  20. ^ "Games played by Stephen Gleeson in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  21. ^ "Games played by Stephen Gleeson in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  22. ^ "Games played by Stephen Gleeson in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Stephen Gleeson in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  24. ^ "Stephen Gleeson". National Football Teams. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 

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