Stewart Greacen

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Stewart Greacen
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Personal information
Date of birth (1982-03-31) 31 March 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Lanark, Scotland
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
–1998 Rangers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Airdrieonians 3 (0)
2000–2003 Livingston 0 (0)
2000 Queen of the South (loan) 3 (0)
2001–2002 Greenock Morton (loan) 15 (0)
2003 Forfar Athletic 17 (1)
2003–2010 Greenock Morton 221 (18)
2011 Dundee (trial) 1 (0)
2011–2012 Derry City 47 (2)
2012 Glentoran 2 (0)
2013 Derry City 12 (0)
2014–2015 Stenhousemuir 29 (1)
Total 350 (22)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Stewart Greacen (born 31 March 1982) is a retired Scottish footballer who played as a central defender.

Greacen started his career as a youth player with Rangers, before making his first competitive appearances with Airdrieonians. Following only three league games, he was signed by the at-the-time Scottish Premier League side Livingston where he spent most of his time on loan at Queen of the South and Morton.

After leaving Livi, he played for Forfar Athletic before moving on to become captain at Morton where he had previously been on loan.

Career[edit]

Born in Lanark, Greacen began his senior career at now defunct Airdrieonians and from there he moved to Livingston. Livingston then sent him on loan to Queen of the South and Greenock Morton, where he played in the team that was relegated from the Scottish Second Division in the 2001–02 season. Livingston released Greacen in 2003 and he was immediately signed by Forfar Athletic. He played the second half of the 2002–03 season at Forfar on a short-term contract. At the end of the season Forfar offered Greacen a long term deal which he rejected in favour of a deal at Morton. The main reason for this was that Morton offered a full-time contract in comparison to Forfar's part-time contract.

Greacen plays at centre back in the Morton defence. He is a tall commanding defender with a strong physical presence. He is good in the air and this helps in both an attacking and defensive way as he often scores from headers at set pieces. At 24 years old, Greacen became Greenock Morton's captain.

In May 2008, it was announced that Greacen had rejected a new contract from Morton and was being tracked by rival Scottish First Division sides Dunfermline Athletic, Queen of the South and Livingston.

Greacen was Morton's Player of the Year for 2008–2009.[1]

On 22 December 2010, Greacen was released by Morton after nearly 250 appearances over two spells from the club.[2]

He was on trial at Dundee, where he was eligible to play in a maximum of three league games – he however could not be signed due to their current transfer embargo.[3]

He, therefore, chose the safe option of playing in the Airtricity Premier League with championship favourites Derry City hoping to gain a move to a bigger club in the summer.

He linked up Glentoran on 21 December 2011[4] but was released from his contract at the end of January 2012 as he wished to play full-time football again and has found the travelling from Scotland and not being able to train with the Glentoran squad an issue.[5] He then joined up again with former club Derry City for training, admitting that he was in talks to sign a new contract.[6] He subsequently rejoined them.[7]

At the end of the 2014–15 season it was announced that due to an ongoing knee injury, Greacen would leave Stenhousemuir and retire from professional football.[8]

Honours[edit]

Greenock Morton

Derry City

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Stuart McCluskey
Greenock Morton captain
2004–2010
Succeeded by
Stuart McCaffrey

References[edit]

  1. ^ Graham, Roger (11 May 2009). "A lacklustre finale". Greenock Telegraph. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  2. ^ "Stewart Greacen". Greenock Morton FC. 22 December 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Dempsey on trial at Dundee". invernessreds.co.uk. 26 January 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Derry City defender Stewart Greacen to join Glentoran". BBC Sport. 20 December 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Transfer deadline day news". Glentoran FC. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Greacen set for "Brandy" Return?". Derry Journal. 3 February 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Stewart Greacen leaves Glentoran to rejoin Derry City". BBC Sport. 6 February 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "An update on Players and Staff movements - Complete list". stenhousemuirfc.com. 22 May 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 

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