Stephen Husband

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Stephen Husband
Husband Goal.jpg
Personal information
Full name Stephen Husband[1]
Date of birth (1990-10-29) 29 October 1990 (age 26)
Place of birth Kelty, Scotland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Kelty Hearts
Youth career
Cowdenbeath
Heart of Midlothian
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Cowdenbeath 5 (0)
2007–2010 Heart of Midlothian 0 (0)
2009 Livingston (loan) 7 (0)
2010–2012 Blackpool 3 (0)
2011 Stockport County (loan) 5 (2)
2012–2014 Dunfermline Athletic 63 (13)
2014–2015 Forfar Athletic 32 (2)
2015– Kelty Hearts 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 June 2015.

Stephen Husband (born 29 October 1990) is a Scottish footballer currently playing for Kelty Hearts.

Early life[edit]

Husband was born in Kelty, Fife.[2] and attended Beath High School.[3]

Club career[edit]

Early career in Scotland[edit]

Husband began his career at Scottish Second Division side Cowdenbeath, where he was at their Youth Academy where he played centre midfield .[4] Manager Brian Welsh gave Husband his debut, at the age of 16,[5] on 23 December 2006 as an 89th-minute substitute in a 5–2 win over Alloa Athletic at Central Park. His full debut came on 14 April 2007, in a 0–0 draw with Alloa Athletic at Recreation Park.[6] He made a total of five appearances for Cowdenbeath.[7]

In July 2007, Husband joined Scottish Premier League side Hearts' Youth Academy. He became a regular in the reserve team, competing in the Scottish Premier Reserve League. A year later on 25 July 2008 Husband signed his first professional contract, a three-year deal until 2011.[8][9][10]

He scored three goals in the 2008–09 season as Hearts reserves finished as runners-up in the Reserve League.[11]

At the start of the 2009–10 season Husband joined Scottish Third Division side Livingston on loan,[7][12] making his debut on 29 August 2009, just a day after he had signed for the club, in a 0–1 defeat to Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill. He made a total of seven league and one cup appearances before returning to Hearts on 31 December at the completion of his loan spell.[13]

Despite being a regular in the Hearts reserve team, Husband didn't make a first-team appearance for the club.[14]

Blackpool[edit]

On 1 February 2010, Husband joined English Championship side Blackpool for a nominal fee, signing a two-and-a-half-year contract.[14][15] The Edinburgh Evening News reported that the fee was £25,000 initially, rising to £100,000 with add-ons.[16] Two days later, he was an unused substitute in a 3–2 home defeat to West Bromwich Albion.[17] His debut came on 9 February as an 86th-minute substitute in a 2–0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.[18] He made his full debut on 20 March, in a 2–2 home draw with Crystal Palace.

On 7 January 2011 Husband joined Stockport County on loan for a month[19] and was given the number 10 shirt.[20] He made his club debut on 8 January in a 5–1 home defeat to Gillingham[21] and scored his first and second goals for the club three days later against Rotherham.[22] In his third match for the club, on 15 January against Hereford, he was sent off for a second bookable offence.[23] He returned to Blackpool on 8 February at the end of his loan and has yet to play a game since his return.[24]

Husband was released by Blackpool at the end of the 2011–2012 season,[25] having just made 3 league appearances in just over 2 years (which all came in his first 2 months at the club).

Dunfermline Athletic[edit]

Following his departure from Blackpool he joined Scottish First Division side Dunfermline Athletic on trial[26] and featured for them as a trialist during their pre-season friendlies.[27] On 25 July 2012, Husband signed a two-year contract with the club.[3] Husband made his debut on 18 August 2012, coming on as a substitute for Jordan McMillan, as Dunfermline Athletic lose 1–0 to and scored his first goal, which turns out to be a winner, as the club beat Airdrie United 2–1. On 17 November 2012, Husband scored twice and provided assist for Joe Cardle, as the club win 3–1 against Raith Rovers.

Forfar & Kelty Hearts[edit]

Husband signed for Scottish League One side Forfar Athletic in July 2014.[28] Husband stayed with The Loons for one season, before moving to his hometown team Kelty Hearts in June 2015.[29]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 24 August 2010
Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Total
2006–07 Cowdenbeath Scottish Second Division 5 0 - - 5 0
2009–10 Livingston (loan) Scottish Third Division 7 0 1 0 - 7 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Total
2009–10 Blackpool Championship 3 0 - - 3 0
2010–11 Blackpool Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2010–11 Stockport (loan) Football League Two 5 2 - - 5 2
2011–12 Blackpool Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Total
2012–13 Dunfermline Scottish First Division 31 8 2 0 2 0 35 8
Total Scotland 43 8 3 0 2 0 48 8
England 8 2 0 0 1 0 9 2
Career total 51 10 3 0 3 0 57 10

Honours[edit]

Blackpool

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stephen Husband". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Ex-Hearts kid hopes to secure Premier League role with good show against Hibs Scotsman.com, 4 August 2010
  3. ^ a b "Husband signs for Pars again". Dunfermline Athletic. 25 July 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Youth Academy". Cowdenbeath FC. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  5. ^ MacKinnon, Eric (24 September 2009). "Husband's delighted with life at Livingston". West Lothian Courier. Scottish & Universal Newspapers Limited. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Alloa Athletic 0–0 Cowdenbeath". BBC Sport. 13 April 2007. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Hearts snap up Kaunas midfielder". BBC Sport. 28 August 2009. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "Academy pair sign Hearts deals: McGowan signs five-year-deal, Husband agrees three-year-contract". Sky Sports. BSkyB. 25 July 2008. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "New deals for McGowan and Husband". Heart of Midlothian FC. 25 July 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  10. ^ "Player profile: Stephen Husband". Heart of Midlothian FC. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  11. ^ "Leading scorers 2008/09". Scottish Premier League. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  12. ^ "Four in, one out in hectic day at Almondvale". Livingston FC. 28 August 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  13. ^ "Husband returns to Hearts". Livingston FC. 31 December 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  14. ^ a b "Busy Deadline Day at Bloomfield Road". Blackpool FC. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  15. ^ "Campbell heads Blackpool signings". BBC Sport. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  16. ^ Anderson, Barry (6 February 2010). "Hearts poised to cash in on Stephen Husband deal". Scotsman.com Sport. Johnston Publishing Ltd. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  17. ^ "Match Report: Blackpool vs WBA". Blackpool FC. 3 February 2010. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  18. ^ "Sheff Wed 2–0 Blackpool". BBC Sport. 9 February 2010. Retrieved 9 February 2010. 
  19. ^ "Wardy brings in four on loan". Stockport County. 7 January 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  20. ^ "New Signings clear to play". Stockport County FC. 7 January 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  21. ^ "Stockport 1–5 Gillingham". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 8 January 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2011. 
  22. ^ "Stockport 3–3 Rotherham". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 11 January 2011. Retrieved 11 January 2011. 
  23. ^ "Hereford 3–0 Stockport". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 15 January 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  24. ^ "Thanks Steven & Ishmel". Stockport County. 8 February 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  25. ^ "Kevin Phillips stays on at Blackpool for another season". BBC Sport. BBC. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  26. ^ "Ex-Hearts kid Stephen Husband in line to face his old club as a trialist for Dunfermline". Edinburgh Evening News. Johnston Press. 20 July 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  27. ^ "Berwick Rangers 1 Dunfermline 2". dafc.co.uk. Dunfermline Athletic. 23 July 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  28. ^ Forfar boss adds three to squad. SPFL
  29. ^ Lindsay, Clive (2 September 2015). "Scottish League One ins and outs - Summer 2015". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 

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