Mildenhall playing for Bristol Rovers in 2014
|Full name||Stephen James Mildenhall|
|Date of birth||13 May 1979|
|Place of birth||Swindon, Wiltshire, England|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|1996||→ Gloucester City (loan)||?||(?)|
|1997||→ Salisbury City (loan)||?||(?)|
|2012||→ Scunthorpe United (loan)||9||(0)|
|2013-2015||→ Bristol Rovers (loan)||22||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:06, 1 June 2015 (UTC).
Stephen James "Steve" Mildenhall (born 13 May 1979) is an English professional footballer who plays for Bristol Rovers. A goalkeeper, he has made 431 appearances in the Football League and National League and almost 500 appearances in total including cup games.
Born in Swindon, Wiltshire, Mildenhall came through the Swindon Town youth academy and was added to the club's first team in 1995. Whilst with Swindon he was loaned out to non-league sides Gloucester City and Salisbury City before moving on to Notts County in 2001, Oldham Athletic in 2004 and Grimsby Town a year later. In 2006 he signed with Yeovil Town where he spent two years before signing with Southend United in 2008 and Millwall in 2010. In May 2013, he signed for Bristol Rovers.
Mildenhall's professional career started at Swindon Town where he made 38 appearances, including one as a centre forward away at Tranmere Rovers. While at Swindon he was named young player and player of the year before securing a £150,000 transfer to Notts County. Mildenhall played 91 games for the Magpies, scoring one goal (a free-kick against Mansfield Town in a League Cup tie) which later appeared as a 'What happened next' slot on an episode of A Question of Sport. A falling out with manager Gary Mills prompted a move to Oldham Athletic in December 2004. He made six appearances for the club before breaking his finger, and he subsequently lost his place in the team.
In the summer of 2005, Mildenhall moved to Grimsby Town replacing Anthony Williams as the club's number 1 keeper, and was ever present in his only season at Blundell Park. During the season Grimsby and Mildenhall notched up a mini run in the League Cup by defeating Derby County and Tottenham Hotspur. Grimsby had remained in the automatic promotion places in League Two for the majority of the seasons but fell into the play-off places with two games remaining, meaning they would have to face local rivals Lincoln City in the semi final. The Mariners secured a 3-1 aggregate victory but failed to achieve promotion after being defeated in the League Two Play-Off Final at the Millennium Stadium by Cheltenham Town, a team who Grimsby had beaten twice in the league that season. This would eventually spell the end for manager Russell Slade who rejected a new contract and decided leave the club for Yeovil Town taking both Mildenhall and Jean-Paul Kalala with him.
During his time at The Glovers Mildenhall established himself as the club's first choice keeper and became popular amongst their fans being named player of the year as the side reached the 2006–07 League One Play-Off Final at Wembley which they lost to Blackpool F.C. However, his second season at Yeovil was disturbed through injury. In mid-September he injured a muscle around his hip against Leyton Orient, which saw him out of action for more than a month. On his return to the first team in late October he was unable to help Yeovil as they succumbed to a 2-1 home defeat to Swansea City and Mildenhall was on the sidelines again after injuring his knee ligaments after a clash with Tommy Mooney in the 2-0 away defeat to Walsall in early February. Mildenhall was voted BBC south-west footballer of the year for 2007.
It was announced on 6 June 2008 that he signed a 3-year contract at Southend United. Mildenhall put in a man of the match performance in Southend United's third round FA cup game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge with a string of fine saves including a stunning save in the fourth minute of added time to keep out Franco Di Santo's header.
Mildenhall made 89 appearances for Southend United in all competitions.
On 13 July 2010, Mildenhall had his contract cancelled by mutual consent and signed a 12-month contract with Championship side Millwall the same day. He signed a new 2-year contract in the summer of 2011 which keeps him at the club until the end of the 2013 season. To date Mildenhall has made over 400 appearances in all competitions. He made his league debut for Millwall on 20 August 2011, in an away defeat to Southampton, and has since found it hard to hold down a regular place in the team but has made 10 League and 5 Cup appearances in the 2011/12 season to date.
On 31 December 2012 Mildenhall was loaned out to Bristol Rovers and was given the number 13 shirt. He made his debut for Rovers on 1 January 2013 against Plymouth Argyle in a 2 - 1 victory, playing the full 90 minutes and went on to appear in all but one of Bristol Rovers' remaining games during the 2012-13 season, keeping seven clean sheets and helping the club steer well clear of relegation.
On 30 May 2013, it was announced that Mildenhall had agreed a two-year deal to join Bristol Rovers on a permanent basis, with the option of a further year.
Correct as of 20:34, 13 February 2011 (UTC)
|Career totals (Football League Only)||317||0||45||1|
- Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 497. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8.
- "BBC SPORT | Football | FA Cup | Chelsea 1–1 Southend". BBC News. 2009-01-03. Retrieved 2014-04-22.
- "Iron Sign Mildenhall". Scunthorpe United FC Official Site. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
- "Bristol Rovers 2-1 Plymouth" BBC Sport. 1 January 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
- "MILDENHALL SIGNS" Bristol Rovers Official Website. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
- Includes FA Cup, League Cup and Football League Trophy
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