Steve Fitzsimmons

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Steve Fitzsimmons
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Personal information
Full name Steve Fitzsimmons
Date of birth (1976-09-07) 7 September 1976 (age 40)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Right Back
Club information
Current team
Broadbeach Cats AFL
Number 23
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Parramatta Power 18 (1)
2002–2003 Marconi 7 (0)
2002–2003 Queensland Lions 12 (6)
2003–2004 Brisbane Strikers 26 (2)
2005–2006 New Zealand Knights 11 (0)
2006–2007 Brisbane Roar 1 (0)
2007–2008 Palm Beach 25 (5)
2008–2009 Beenleigh 24 (7)
2009–2011 Gold Coast United 34 (2)
2011–2013 Burleigh Heads 65 (14)
Total 233 (35)
Teams managed
2011–2012 Gold Coast United (asst coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:47, 12 February 2011 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:30, 10 November 2010 (UTC)

Steve Fitzsimmons (born 7 September 1976) is a former Australian football (soccer) player and coach.

Club career[edit]

Steve started his NSL career with Parramatta Power under coach & former Socceroo David Mitchell and his assistant coach Lawrie McKinna. In what was a breakout year for Fitzsimmons he seen moves to Hull City and Leyton Orient break down in 2001 returning to Australia and signing with NSL glamour club Marconi Stallions.

A frustrating year at the Stallions was ended when Fitzsimmons returned home to Queensland and signed a 2-year contract with the Brisbane Strikers under rookie coach Stuart McClaren. The Strikers achieved what many people didn't think they could with a squad of mainly local based players sprinkled with NSL experience, they made the NSL finals only to lose to Adelaide United on the away goals rule not only to bring down the curtain on their season but also that of the National Soccer League as we knew it.

Fitzsimmons was signed by the foundation A-League club New Zealand Knights for the inaugural year of the A-League in what was a largely unsuccessful year for the club.[1] On 25 January 2006 he agreed to part ways with the New Zealand Knights allowing him to look for a new club before the close of the January transfer window. Fitzsimmons linked up with his former Queensland state coach Miron Bleiberg touring Korea in pre-season with the Queensland Roar. Steve scored the only goal in the opening game of the Tongyeong Cup against Incheon United. He was subsequently signed to a short-term contract with Queensland Roar making a solitary appearance before being released at the conclusion of the season after Bleiberg was replaced by Frank Farina.[2][3]

This looked to spell the end to Fitzsimmons's national league career as he went on to play for Brisbane Premier League side Palm Beach SC. The following year he moved to Beenleigh Football Club in the Brisbane Premier League Division 1 where he enjoyed a successful season playing 24 games for the club scoring 7 times including an important goal the club's Grand Final win against Capalaba Football Club. He was also on top in the Player of the Year award voting for Brisbane Premier League Division as voted by referees but was ruled ineligible due to a sending off against Albany Creek Excellsior Soccer Club in Round 21.

Late in 2008, Fitzsimmons was rewarded for his performances while at Beenleigh Football Club by being one of the first signings for Gold Coast United.[4]

On 21 August 2009, he scored his first ever A-League goal in a 2–0 win for Gold Coast during the second half of United's game against Adelaide at Hindmarsh Stadium.[5]

Fitzsimmons turned down a move to Chinese Super League Club Qingdao Jonoon at the end of the 2009/10 season & he was rewarded for his performances with a new 1-year contract at Gold Coast United for the 2010/11 season taking him up to his 34th birthday.

After retiring at the end of the 2010–11 A-League season, Fitzsimmons joined the staff at the club becoming Assistant Coach.[6]

Fitzsimmons currently plays AFL for Gold Coast club Broadbeach Cats.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fenemor, Daryl (14 April 2005). "Knights add six more to squad". One Sport. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Roar not yet the 'real' deal
  3. ^ "A-League Knights part with Fitzsimmons". The Sydney Morning Herald. AAP. 25 January 2006. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Miron starts signing players for A-League
  5. ^ Perfect start maintained in Adelaide
  6. ^ "Steve Fitzsimmons". footballaustralia.com.au. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 

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