Stuart Lovell

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Stuart Lovell
Personal information
Full name Stuart Andrew Lovell[1]
Date of birth (1972-01-09) 9 January 1972 (age 45)
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Striker; Midfielder
Youth career
Reading
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1998 Reading 227 (58)
1998–2001 Hibernian 88 (17)
2001–2005 Livingston 87 (6)
2005–2006 Queen of the South 38 (1)
Total 440 (82)
National team
2000 Australia 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Stuart Andrew Lovell (born 9 January 1972 in Sydney, Australia) is an Australian professional footballer, who played as a striker early in his career, before reverting to a midfield role later in his career.[2]

Born in Australia, Lovell spent his childhood in Reading.[3] He joined the local professional team and was part of the Reading team that narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League in the 1994–95 season.[2] He had a penalty kick saved in the playoff final against Bolton Wanderers when Reading were leading 2–0; they eventually lost 4–3 after extra time.[2][3]

After damaging a cruciate ligament in 1997 and almost having his career ended as a result, Lovell moved to Scottish club Hibernian in 1998, ultimately prolonging his career by nearly a decade.

Hibs were in the First Division at the time and he was part of the team who won promotion back to the Scottish Premier League by winning the First Division. He was capped twice by Australia and was a Hibs first team regular as they finished a creditable third in the SPL and reached the 2000-01 Scottish Cup Final.

In the summer of 2001, Lovell surprisingly left Hibs to sign for SPL newcomers Livingston, who he helped to finish third in their first season in the SPL. He subsequently skippered the club to their only major trophy to date, the Scottish League Cup in 2004. Ironically for Lovell, Livingston defeated Hibs 2–0 in the final.

Lovell retired after a 15-month spell with Dumfries club Queen of the South, where he also had a spell as caretaker manager.[4] Lovell has since done media work, appearing on Setanta Sports[5] and Sky Sports, and writing a column for the Edinburgh Evening News.[6] He has also served as a representative of PFA Scotland.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stuart Lovell". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "Lovell indulges in title horseplay". BBC Sport. 28 November 2000. Retrieved 11 August 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Stuart Lovell, Reading F.C.[dead link]
  4. ^ "Lovell takes over as Scott leaves". BBC Sport. 1 November 2005. 
  5. ^ BLOGS: Stuart Lovell, Setanta Sports[dead link]
  6. ^ Lovell, Stuart (16 June 2008). "Euro treats all round as tournament off to a flier". Edinburgh Evening News. 
  7. ^ "Stirling Albion cash for trial scheme criticised". BBC Sport. 11 June 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  • Jeffrey, Jim (2005). The Men Who Made Hibernian F.C. since 1946. Tempus Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-7524-3091-2. 

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