Stephen Grant (footballer)

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Stephen Grant
Personal information
Full name Stephen Grant
Date of birth (1977-04-14) 14 April 1977 (age 40)
Place of birth Birr, Ireland
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1994–1995 Athlone Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 Sunderland 0 (0)
1996–1997 Shamrock Rovers 20 (4)
1997–1999 Stockport County 29 (4)
1999 Burnley 1 (0)
1999 Finn Harps 1 (0)
1999–2000 Waterford United 15 (4)
2000 Boston Bulldogs 23 (7)
2000–2001 Galway United 10 (4)
2000–2001 Shelbourne 2 (0)
2001–2004 Shamrock Rovers 111 (21)
Total 212 (44)
National team
1998–1999 Republic of Ireland U21 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Stephen Grant (born 14 April 1977) is a former professional footballer who now competes as a professional golfer on the NGA Pro Golf Tour.[1]

During his career he played for Athlone Town, Sunderland, Shamrock Rovers (two stints 154 competitive appearances), Stockport County, Burnley, Finn Harps, Waterford United, Boston Bulldogs, Galway United and Shelbourne.

After playing for Athlone and Sunderland reserves his first taste of senior football came when Pat Byrne signed him for Rovers in October 1996. He became an instant hero by scoring on his League of Ireland debut against fierce rivals Bohemians on the 18th. After 4 goals in 22 total appearances he signed for Stockport for £10,000 in 1997.

He signed back again for Rovers in the summer of 2001 and wrote himself into the history books by becoming the first Irish player to score against a Polish side in European competition when Rovers beat Odra Wodzisław in the UEFA Intertoto Cup in June 2003 [2] In total he made 6 appearances in Europe for Rovers.

In his last season he was Rovers top goalscorer in the 2004 League of Ireland season.

He scored 1 goal in 4 appearances for the Republic of Ireland U21 during the Madeira Cup trophy victory in February 2006.[3]

Grant retired from professional football at the relatively early age of 27 to concentrate on a career as a professional golfer.[4] He played on the Challenge Tour in 2012.[5]

Grant joined the Shamrock Rovers Member Club in 2012.

Honours[edit]

  • Madeira Cup

Republic of Ireland U21 - 2006

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Player profile". NGA Pro Golf Tour. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "European Record 1957 to Date". Shamrock Rovers FC. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ireland U21 defeat Portugal to claim Madeira title". 17 February 2006. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Follow Friday: It's Stephen Grant". 20 March 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Stephen takes nothing for granted". PGA European Tour. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 

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