Stevie May

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Stevie May
Stevie May 2016.jpg
May with Preston North End in 2016
Personal information
Full name Steven May[1]
Date of birth (1992-11-03) 3 November 1992 (age 24)
Place of birth Perth, Scotland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Preston North End
Number 21
Youth career
0000–2009 St Johnstone
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2014 St Johnstone 78 (34)
2011–2012 Alloa Athletic (loan) 22 (19)
2012–2013 Hamilton Academical (loan) 33 (25)
2014–2015 Sheffield Wednesday 39 (7)
2015– Preston North End 7 (1)
National team
2012 Scotland U20 1 (0)
2013–2014 Scotland U21 8 (2)
2014 Scotland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:31, 16 May 2015 (UTC).

Steven "Stevie" May (born 3 November 1992) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays for English club Preston North End as a striker. May has previously played in the Scottish leagues for St Johnstone, Alloa Athletic and Hamilton Academical, and in the English leagues for Sheffield Wednesday. He has been capped once internationally by Scotland.

Club career[edit]

St Johnstone[edit]

Early career[edit]

May began playing football aged ten and started his career as a member of St Johnstone's youth squad.[2][3] Aged 16, May made his first team debut on 11 May 2009 as a substitute against Airdrie United in the Scottish First Division scoring his first senior goal.[4] May later recalled on his debut, quoting: "Derek McInnes gave me my first taste of first team football. He gave my SPL debut at 16. He believed in me. He taught me how important it was to keep possession when I had the ball and make the opposition work to get it back."[5] In 2009, he signed a new contract that tied him to the club until 2012.[6]

May had to wait another season for his next appearance, coming on as a substitute on 13 November 2010 against Hearts in the Scottish Premier League.[7] With his first start coming on 26 January 2011 against Motherwell.[8] He scored two goals on 1 February 2011 in their 2–0 win over Hamilton.[9] In all he made 22 appearances that season scoring twice.

Alloa (loan)[edit]

May's only appearance of the 2011–12 season for St Johnstone came as a substitute on the opening day of the season against Aberdeen at Pittodrie.[10] With appearances limited he was loaned to Alloa Athletic until the end of January.[11] He made his league debut for Alloa on 10 December against Queen's Park,[12] going on to score his first goals on 2 January 2012, netting a hat-trick for The Wasps in a 3–1 win against East Stirlingshire.[13] After one month at the club, May had his loan spell with Alloa extended until the end of the season.[14] May was awarded the SFL Player of the Month, Young Player of the Month and Irn-Bru Ginger Boot awards for January; the first time that one player has won all three player awards in a month.[15][16] He scored four goals in the 8–1 victory against Elgin City that clinched the Third Division championship.[17] At the end of the season, May won the Irn-Bru SFL Phenomenal Third Division Player of the Season.[18] May signed a new one-year contract with St Johnstone.[19]

Hamilton Academical (loan)[edit]

On 29 August 2012, he joined Scottish First Division side Hamilton Academical on loan until 31 May 2013.[20] May cited moving to Hamilton on loan, as "get his own career back on track."[21] After four games without a goal, May scored his first goal and then another in the match, in addition to two assists, as Hamilton beat Airdrieonians 4–0 on 11 October 2012.[22] After scoring fifteen goals this season, May scored two consecutive hat tricks, against Airdieonians, in a 5–0 win on 11 April 2013[23] and another against Livingston, in a 3–0 win on 18 April 2013.[24] For his performance in April, May was awarded the Irn Bru player and young player of the month in the Scottish Football League.[25] At the end of the season, May says he enjoyed his time at Hamilton.[26] At the end of the season, May was awarded again when he won Irn-Bru SFL Phenomenal Young player of the Season.[27] His future at St Johnstone appeared to be in doubt,[28] but he signed a new one-year contract in May 2013.[29][30]

2013–14 season[edit]

In the summer of 2013 May was the subject of several bids from Peterborough United of the English League One,[31] though May insisted he was happy at the club.[32] Immediately after being linked with Peterborough, May was offered and signed a further contract extension by St Johnstone.[33] May believed his performance in his two loan spells would allow him to make a breakthrough at the club.[34]

May started the 2013/14 season very well. Awarded a starting place, he scored the equaliser against Europa League opponents, Rosenborg, in a famous 2–1 aggregate win.[35] At the start of the league season, BBC commentator Rob MacLean described him as "having been pumped up with a bicycle pump" due to his weight training and maturing out of his teenage years over the summer months.[citation needed] He went on to score the winner against Hearts,[36] and goals against Ross County[37] and Hibs.[38] He scored 4 goals in his first 9 games of the season leading to a call-up for the Scotland U21 team. New St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright described him as "heading for the top".[39]

A rich seam of form followed. In a match against Inverness CT on 5 October, May provided a triple assist and scored, as St Johnstone won 4–0.[40] He then scored four goals in three matches against Motherwell, Hearts and Kilmarnock. Thanks to this form, May extended his contract at St Johnstone until 2015.[41] It could got for May when he won the Scottish Professional Football League player of the month award of October.[42] May scored his first hat-trick of the season, in a 3–0 win over Dundee United.[43] Three weeks after that, May scored another hat-trick, on 18 January, in a 3–3 draw against Hearts.[44]

His 18th goal of the season saw comparisons drawn with earlier Saints greats, noting the potential to break Paul Wright's goalscoring record, set in the 1991–92 season.[45] May scored his 19th and 20th goal of the season, in all competitions, as they bear Aberdeen to reach their first Scottish Cup Final.[46] May was among four players to be nominated for PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year, but lost out to Dundee United's Andrew Robertson.[47][48] May won the SFWA Young Player of the Year[49] and was included in the Scottish Premiership Team of the Year.[50] In the Scottish Cup Final, May started the match and provided an assist for Steven MacLean, as they beat Dundee United 2–0 at Celtic Park.[51] During the match, May had a goal disallowed for handball and was booked for this.[51]

During the 2013–14 season, May continued to attract interest from lower-league English clubs, such as Rotherham United,[52] Peterborough United,[53] Preston North End[54] and QPR.[55] Talks over a new contract started,[56] but were put on hold until after the Scottish Cup Final.[57]

The Daily Mail reported that May did not sign a new contract after it broke down, which attracted more interest that was at first played down.[58][59] May scored in 2014–15 UEFA Europa League games against Luzern and Spartak Trnava amid continuing transfer speculation.[60][61][62]

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

May playing for Sheffield Wednesday in 2014

May joined Football League Championship side Sheffield Wednesday on 9 August 2014, signing a four-year deal.[63][64] Upon the move, Manager Stuart Gray believed that May have expectations to become a success at the club[65] and May, himself, felt it was a right decision to leave St Johnstone at the right time.[66]

May made his debut for the club on 16 August 2014, in a goalless draw against Derby County.[67] His first goal came in an away fixture at Middlesbrough on 23 August, which Wednesday won 3–2.[68] He scored his second goal for the club at Birmingham City on 16 September, in a 2–0 win.[69] Four days later, he continued a sequence of contributing vital goals, as he scored the only goal of the game against Reading.[70] May helped the club end an 11-game winless run by scoring in a 2–1 win over Wigan Athletic on 29 November.[71] May then had a goal drought that lasted twelve games and, as a result, he was often placed on the substitute bench.[72] This drought ended on 24 February 2015, when he scored in a 3–1 win against Millwall.[73]

Preston North End[edit]

May was transferred to Preston North End on 1 September 2015 for an undisclosed fee.[74] Whilst playing for Preston against Fulham in November 2015, May suffered a knee ligament injury which ruled him out for the rest of the season.[75] He made his first team return as a substitute against Brentford on 11 February 2017.[76] May scored his first goal for Preston in a 1-1 draw with Rotherham United on 29 April 2017.[77]

International career[edit]

On 5 August 2013, May was called up for the Scotland U21 team.[78] On 30 September 2014, May was called up to the senior Scotland national football team for Euro 2016 Group D qualifying matches against Georgia and Poland.[79]

He made his international debut for Scotland, coming on as a substitute in the 67th minute in a friendly against England at Celtic Park.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 2 May 2015.
Club statistics
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
St Johnstone 2008–09[80] Scottish First Division 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
2009–10[81] Scottish Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11[82] Scottish Premier League 19 2 3 0 0 0 22 2
2011–12[83] Scottish Premier League 1 0 0 0 1 0
2012–13[84] Scottish Premier League 3 0 2[a] 0 5 0
2013–14[85] Scottish Premiership 38 20 5 4 3 2 3[a] 1 49 27
2014–15[86] Scottish Premiership 2[a] 2 2 2
Total 62 23 8 4 3 2 7 3 80 32
Alloa Athletic (loan) 2011–12[83] Scottish Third Division 22 19 22 19
Hamilton Academical (loan) 2012–13[84] Scottish First Division 33 25 2 1 35 26
Sheffield Wednesday 2014–15[86] Championship 39 7 1 0 2 0 42 7
Preston North End 2015–16[86] Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 157 74 11 5 5 2 7 3 180 84
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

As of match played 18 November 2014.[87]
International statistics
National team Year Apps Goals
Scotland 2014 1 0
Total 1 0

Honours[edit]

St Johnstone
Alloa Athletic

Individual honours[edit]

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